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Knocking on HR’s Door: Do you have what it takes to be a CRP? is a Course

Knocking on HR’s Door: Do you have what it takes to be a CRP?

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The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance- Georgia CTSA and Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute -SC-CTSI have collaborated to provide free, high quality educational programs for clinical research professionals at novice to expert levels of experience. At the completion of each course or program, participants earn contact hours recognized by a certificate and/or badge.

Program Description:

There are thousands of job opportunities in clinical research, but for those seeking an initial career in this field or switching professions, how does one “get your foot in the door”?Focus will be on career path development for all learners.


  1. Clinical Research Professional (CRP) Responsibilities 
  2. Job Requirements
    • Minimum Qualifications
    • Preferred Qualifications
    • No qualifications or experiences?
  3. Leveled Position for CRCs
    • CRC 1 (Entry Level)
    • CRC 2 (Entry Level)
    • CRC 3 (Intermediate Level)
    • CRC 4 (Advanced Level)
  4. Clinical Research Coordinators
    • Transferable Skills
    • Hiring Process
    • Viewpoint of HR Recruiter
  5. Leveraging your Value
    • How to make your resume stand out
  6. Retention Strategies for Managers 
  7. Manage your Career
  8. Resources


Elaine Fisher, PhD, RN, CNE is Director of Accreditation, Curriculum and Registration and Clinical Professor of Nursing at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Before joining Emory University, she received several grants for her bench research on detecting and monitoring changes in gut oxygenation under hypoxic and anoxic conditions with a focus on translation to the clinical setting. Dr. Fisher is the Education Coordinator for the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA), Translational Workforce Development (TWD) grant. Her work on this grant focuses on the development of a career navigation system for clinical research professionals (STELLAR); and in conjunction with USC – CTSI, the development of a free TWD Course Catalog with high quality programs and courses offering certificates and badges to advance training of clinical research professionals. Her current focus is on creating artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions for better matching of CRC candidates to PI and research project needs.

Rebecca Thomas, DNP, RN is Director of Clinical Research Nursing at Emory Healthcare and serves as the Nursing Director for the outpatient research units for the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA). She has worked across multiple disease sites, both clinically and in research. Her expertise in clinical research spans over 16 years and has over 15 years of experience in critical care nursing. Dr. Thomas is the Trainer for Georgia CTSA Translational Workforce Development Project (TWD) grant. Her work on this grant focuses on the development of a career navigation system for clinical research professionals (STELLAR).

Learner Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Audience: This symposium is designed for Clinical Research Assistant/Associates or Clinical Research Coordinators in academia, clinics, hospitals, industry, or CRO with 1- 2 years of clinical research experience. Individuals may be new to clinical research with limited knowledge of clinical trial conduct, good clinical practices, regulations, and common terminology associated with clinical research.

Contact Hours:

Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Attendees to this CNE activity will be awarded 1.0 contact hours by ENPDC. No conflict of interest has been found with the speaker for this CNE activity nor with the members of the planning committee.

Need Help with Registration? Please contact us at or 404-727-9208.

Program Information: This is the fourth course in a five (5)-course program. To complete the entire program and earn a badge CLICK HERE.

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