CERTIFICATION

Eligibility

To be eligible for CRN-BC certification by portfolio, the registered nurse (RN) must meet the following requirements:

  • Current and unencumbered RN License

  • 2 years minimum as an RN 

  • Minimum of 4000 practice hours in the clinical research nurse role (not including hours in residency or orientation) in the previous 3 years of time of application​

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD): The combination of CE points and professional activity (PA) points MUST equal the required 100 points  

    • CE points

      • a minimum of 36 and a maximum of 50 CE points;

      • ALL CE points must be in clinical research for initial certification

      • If conference/activity attended had primary focus of clinical topics outside of clinical research, points from the clinical research sessions may still be claimed (every 30 minutes = 0.5 CE points) 

      • ALL CE points must be offered by an approved/accredited provider:

        • Nursing education (Continuing Nursing Education [CNE]/Nursing Continuing Professional Development [NCPD]

        • Continuing medical education (CME)

  • Professional Activity (PA) points

    • a minimum of 50 and a maximum of 64 PA points (in at least 2 categories) required for initial certification

    • For initial certification, all PA activities MUST be in clinical research except where noted in categories 2, 3 and 4. Activities may be used only once in the application.

    • 50-64 points of Professional activities earned within the previous 5 years ​

    • There are 5 categories of Professional Activities (PA):​

      • Clinical research podium and poster presentations, and webinars/podcasts

      • Scholarly editing and writing on clinical research

      • Research and scholarly projects

      • Advanced professional activities

      • Academic work

    • For initial certification, all PA activities MUST be in clinical research except where noted in categories 2, 3 and 4

    • Activities may be used only once in the application​

  • Complete Resume

  • Professional Clinical Research Nursing Exemplar

    • ​Your exemplar should provide evidence of clinical research nursing practice excellence specifically related to the following topics:​

      • Professional Development

      • Professional Practice

      • Team Focus and Interprofessional Collaboration

      • Quality and Safety

    • Total word count is a minimum of 1,000 words and not be exceed 1,500 words including headers

    • Passing score is 45 points (required for certification)​