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The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Empowering Imagination. Pioneering Discovery.

Alliance Coordinator Award Program

How to Apply for Clinical Research Coordinator Certification Examinations
and Obtain Reimbursement of Registration and Membership Fees

The North Shore-LIJ Health System Clinical Research Service is proud to promote a career ladder and job specific competencies for research coordinators. Administration at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research supports this effort by providing logistical, financial, and leadership support.

Research coordinators, who are eligible to sit for a certification exam in clinical research, are authorized to apply for an Alliance Coordinator Award. Each Alliance Coordinator Award is based on an application and award process for up to 20 coordinators a year.  Application deadlines are rolling, however, funds are limited and applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. The Alliance Coordinator Award provides the necessary funds to reimburse for membership, registration for the certification exam, and practice tests. Note that applicants must pass the exam to be eligible for reimbursement of the certification exam registration and practice test fees.

How to Apply for Certification

Two national certifying agencies are recognized by Feinstein as eligible for cost reimbursement.

How to Apply for Reimbursement of Costs

Complete the Application for Reimbursement: Your application will be reviewed by members of the Clinical Research Service and Feinstein Leadership. In order to receive the Alliance Coordinator Award, the Clinical Research Service will need to confirm applicants are engaged in our research community by participation and/or attendance at the Quarterly Clinical Research Coordinator Meetings, Public Research Education Program (PREP) courses, Clinical Research Advisory Committee, subcommittees, and workgroups.

Awardees will be notified in writing as to the disposition of their application.

Successful Completion of Examination and Reimbursement of Registration Fee: You will be expected to register for the examination and pay up front. Upon receipt of confirmation that you passed the examination, you will be eligible for reimbursement of the certification exam registration and practice test fees. For reimbursement, e-mail a copy of your official test results and proof of payment to Susan Ray at the Clinical Research Service at sray@nshs.edu.

Reimbursement for late fees, cancellations or for examinations that were not passed is not authorized.

How to Apply for Reimbursement of Membership Fees

Alliance Coordinator Scholarship Awardees will have yearly membership fees for either the ACRP or SoCRA covered for any year of the Alliance Coordinator Award. Please pay the membership fees yourself and request reimbursement.  For reimbursement, e-mail a copy of your proof of payment to Susan Ray at the Clinical Research Service at sray@nshs.edu.

Maintaining Your Certification

ACRP Certification: Must be renewed every 2 years, with payment of the renewal fee

  • Must complete 24 documented continuing education contact hours, with the minimum of 12 hours in clinical research.
  • You will receive an e-mail reminder from ACRP 3 months prior to expiration of current certification to report CME for renewal.
  • Note: You do not need to be a member to maintain your certification.
  • A new Alliance Coordinator Scholarship Application must be submitted to receive reimbursement for renewal.

SoCRA Certification: Must be renewed every 3 years, with payment of renewal fee

  • Must complete 45 hours of continuing education applicable to your work in clinical research
  • Must successfully complete a self-administered knowledge test, which is included with the recertification reminder packet.
  • CCRC’s must maintain their membership yearly in order to renew their certification.
  • A new Alliance Coordinator Scholarship Application must be submitted to receive reimbursement for renewal.

Continuing Education Opportunities

  • Public Research Education Program or PREP: PREP courses are short 1-2 hour targeted seminars on specific topics of interest and offer CEU and CME credit. Courses are free, a la carte and individuals may choose to take as many courses as they would like. Registration is required and may be located at www.feinsteininstitute.org/PREP.
  • The Feinstein Institute’s regularly scheduled seminars: Seminars in Investigative Medicine (Tuesdays at noon) and Research in Progress (Thursdays at noon) offer continuing education credit and are targeted scientific research talks by outside speakers (usually Tuesdays) and our own research teams (usually Thursdays). All talks are held in the Goldman International Conference Center and are open to all employees, pre-registration is not required.
  • Departmental Grand Rounds and the North Shore-LIJ Institute for Nursing Education offer CME and Continuing Education Credits, more information and schedule of events can be located on Healthport.
  • ACRP offers many other ways to obtain CME credit; information can be found on their website.
  • SoCRA offers ways to obtain CME credit; information can be found on their website.