Two Christie Clinic Team Members Become Certified Clinical Research Coordinators


Christie Clinic is proud to recognize Patti Smith, RN, BSN, CCRC and Paula Phillips, RN, CCRC  who recently became Certified Clinical Research Coordinators by The Academy of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).  In 2010 the Academy’s CCRC program received The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation.


To be eligible to sit for the exam one must have an Associate’s Degree, RN, or Bachelors Degree, 2 years work experience in Clinical Research, and a detailed Curriculum Vitae supporting the job description. The first Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) credential was awarded in 1992.


Top reasons to be certified: credibility, improves career opportunities and advancement, increases on-the-job responsibilities, enhances skills and knowledge, increases earning potential, demonstrates engagement and commitment, strengthens professional image, shows accomplishment, builds self-esteem, and provides recognition as a an Academy certificant.


When Pharmaceutical Companies are determining whether to participate in studies, certification provides evidence of our team members’ experience, qualifications, and also validates our competency as a research team.


To maintain certification one must earn 24 contact hours (12 of which must be research related) within two years of certification or the certification will expire and the exam must be retaken.

Christie Clinic’s Department of Clinical Research
The Department of Clinical Research conducts phase II-IV clinical trials to evaluate the safety, effectiveness, and optimum dosage of pharmaceutical drugs for patients with specific medical conditions. Depending on the study our patients receive some medical care at no cost as well as lab testing, X-rays, and medication throughout each study. This practice allows Christie to be on the forefront of medicine by taking an active role in the development of new medications.

Several Christie physicians conduct sponsored trials under FDA guidelines for different disease processes, including, but not limited to, hypertension, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, arthritis, migraines, bronchitis, and otitis media. Our trained clinical research coordinators are readily available to assist patients through the complete study process.  Christie Clinic’s Department of Clinical Research is located on the 4thfloor of Christie Clinic on University, at 101 W. University Avenue in Champaign.  The department phone number is 217-366-1327.