When did you achieve your CRA and why did you decide to pursue the credential?
I became a CRA in 2004. I wanted to become a CRA as part of my own professional development. I
believe in professional excellence and obtaining this credential meant that I had achieved this in my field
Does your job description have “CRA preferred”?
All of the radiology directors at Novant Health have the same job description. We recently revised it to
state "CRA preferred." I took the exam for my own professional development. At the time, I was not
employed at Novant Health and this credential was not necessary at my other position.
Does your HR know about the CRA?
They do not; however, our coproate compensation department does know about this credential and
they try to recruit those who have the CRA as one of their credentials.
Have you referred a peer to take the test?
I have encouraged my supervisors and managers that report to me to obtain the credential. I did hire
an operations manager who is already a CRA and am mentoring a supervisor who wants to obtain the
Have you shared your story with your management team?
I have shared with members of my department management team.
Any additional comments?
I've been a member of AHRA since 1989 and have always felt that this organization has been there as
a professional resource. I have formed many lasting friendships through networking and going to the
CRAs, tell us about your experiences earning the CRA and holding the credential here