ACRP’s CCRC and CCRA Designations Recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Under Magnet Recognition Program


Jeremy Glunt
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Alexandria, VA – The Association of Clinical Research Professionals’ (ACRP) Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC®) and Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA®) designations are now recognized by The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a valid designation toward meeting staffing requirements of the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program.

ANCC recognition of the CCRC® and CCRA® designations means nurses holding this designation and working in hospital-based research may be included as hospital staff meeting requirements of the Magnet Recognition Program.

“A Magnet hospital is one that attracts and retains the best nurses by fostering an environment that inspires innovation and supports research,” explains Dr. Brent Ibata, Director of Operations at the Magnet designated Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. “The number of certified nurses is one of the metrics used to evaluate a hospital’s eligibility for Magnet designation and this recognition by ANCC enhances the value of certification for the thousands of Certified Clinical Research Coordinators who work at hospitals both large and small.”

According to ANCC, the Magnet Recognition Program “recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovation in professional nursing practice. Consumers rely on Magnet designation as the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing. Developed by the ANCC, Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.”

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program requires for recognition that a certain percentage of hospital staff hold a current certification from an ANCC-recognized program, which now includes ACRP’s CCRC® and CCRA® designations. Hospitals may also use CCRC® or CCRA®-designated nurses as a benchmark toward staffing improvements under the Magnet Recognition Program.

To be recognized by ANCC, certification credentials must be earned from a “national certification” that meets certain criteria; in particular, the program must be developed using a job analysis and must have an exam developed, maintained, and analyzed using best practices in test development and psychometrics.

ACRP’s CCRC® and CCRA® are currently the only clinical research-specific designations both approved by the ANCC under the Magnet Recognition Program and accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

This announcement follows the January 2014 recognition of ACRP’s CCRC® and Certified Physician Investigator (CPI®) designations by TransCelerate Biopharma, Inc. as evidence of Good Clinical Practice training.

“Recognition of ACRP’s CCRC® and CCRA® designations by the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program further validates the value of ACRP’s Certification programs at both the individual and institutional level,” says James D. Thomasell, ACRP Executive Director. “We applaud the ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program for recognizing the quality of ACRP Certification and its positive impact on hospital-based research.”

About ACRP

ACRP supports clinical research professionals through membership, training and development, and certification. Founded in 1976, ACRP is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization with more than 13,000 members who work in clinical research in more than 70 countries. ACRP’s vision is that clinical research is performed ethically, responsibly, and professionally everywhere in the world. ACRP’s mission is to promote excellence in clinical research.

About the Academy

The Academy of Clinical Research Professionals is an independent affiliate of ACRP. The Academy, a nonprofit 501(c)6, is solely responsible for the governance, development and administration of ACRP’s certification programs. Its mission is to promote and maintain high standards and best practices of clinical research by recognizing those professionals who demonstrate a well-defined competency through valid and reliable credentialing programs. Academy trustees are elected by individuals holding the CCRA, CCRC, or CPI designation. To date, more than 29,500 individuals in 60 countries have achieved certification through the Academy.