I am interested in becoming a CRA. I have no monitoring experience, but a BS in Biomedical Engineering. I have been in the pharmaceutical industry (sales) for the past 2 years since graduating. I am planning on taking the CKA (Core Knowledge Assesment) given by the ACRP and also attending the national conference in Tampa.
The CKA is the only legitamate certification I can find (and sit for) without having 2 years monitoring experience.
I am just writing to look for any suggestion or tips to help break in. I have been in close contact with the CRCs in the various physicians offices I visit to see if they can help.
Do you think I can somehow focus on my background and draw on parallels between a pharm sales rep and CRA (already operating independently w/o office, direct contact/communications physicians/ healthcare professionals etc...) to obtain a position or should I not go that route.
Only problem is that I don't know if I can actually take that significant of a paycut from my current position to start as a CRA. (not sure what salary is, but it can't be that great)
Thanks in Advance.