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Administration and Accreditation

Oversight and accreditation

The Clinical Research Coordination (CRC) Program is administered jointly by Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) and Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC).

Education programs in MSHS — part of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine — are fully recognized and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting body for higher education.

RCTC is accredited by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

The CRC Program is overseen by leadership within Mayo Clinic CCaTS Education Resources; the dean, associate deans and operations managers within MSHS; and the dean of health sciences at RCTC. The program also reports to the CTSA Research Management Programs Committee and the RCTC Academic Affairs and Standards Committee.

Further CRC Program leadership information is online, as is the MSHS contact list (must be logged in to the Mayo network).


CRC Program professional education faculty are recruited and hired by program leadership. These faculty members are Mayo Clinic employees recognized locally and nationally as subject matter experts in the field of clinical research. As indicated in course syllabi, CRC faculty members are available outside of scheduled class periods during the semester to meet students' needs.

RCTC and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) recruit and hire general and professional faculty that meet minimum credentialing requirements in their field of study.


The minimum grade requirement to pass a course for the purpose of progressing in the CRC Program is provided at the start of each course. Each course syllabus for MSHS and RCTC classes includes a letter-grade scale that links a letter grade to a percentage for each course.

Each student that appears on the class roster must be assigned a grade. CRSC courses 1010, 1100, 2010 and 2100 have only an A-C (anything below 70 percent is considered failing) letter grading method. An "incomplete" ("I") may be assigned only if approved by the faculty. A grade of "withdraw" ("W") is valid for all grading methods, but must be initiated by the student prior to the deadline for each term.

The complete MSHS grading system policy is online (must be logged in to the Mayo network).


Academic credits earned from MSHS courses are transferred to RCTC as Consortium Credits and appear on RCTC Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) reports as transferred classes.

MSHS grades do not appear on a student's official RCTC transcript — they only appear on the student's official MSHS transcript, which can be requested using the MSHS transcript request form.

All tuition for CRSC courses must be paid in full to Mayo Clinic before the transfer of CRSC grades to RCTC will take place.

Class cancellation

In situations where attendance is ill-advised due to severe weather or other emergency situations, the CRC program director will use discretion in excusing the class. Communication of class cancellations to students will be done by email to students' Mayo email accounts by 3 p.m. on the day of the class. The complete MSHS class cancellation policy is online (must be logged in to the Mayo network).

Information on RCTC's campus closing policy is online.

Students are not provided hotel or travel accommodations at the school's expense.

Tuition and financial aid

Students in the CRC Program are billed tuition separately for courses taken at MSHS and RCTC. The complete MSHS tuition policy (must be logged in to the Mayo network) and the RCTC tuition and fees table are online.

Financial aid assistance for both MSHS and RCTC courses is available through the RCTC Financial Aid Office. More information about applying for financial aid is online. The RCTC Financial Aid Office is notified of all MSHS tuition and book fees so that they can be considered during aid qualification.

Program withdrawal

Students who choose to terminate their enrollment before the completion of the program must officially withdraw from their classes (visit the Program Policies page for details) and notify the faculty and program director.

Students must also complete a program withdrawal form (must be logged in to the Mayo network). Official withdrawal is essential to ensure that student and academic records are not jeopardized and that financial matters are addressed. Failure to properly withdraw will result in dismissal, which may impact any readmission opportunities.

Disciplinary actions

Academic or nonacademic deficiencies could result in a formal warning, probation or dismissal. The complete MSHS policy for warning, probation and dismissal is online (must be logged in to the Mayo network).

Disability services

Mayo Clinic's accommodation for disabilities policy (must be logged in to the Mayo network), as well as information about RCTC disability support services, is online.

Return to the CRC Program student handbook table of contents.

  • March 31, 2014
  • ART419294