Although the JRCERT did not identify program director qualifications according to program type, conventional wisdom holds that hospital-based programs will be affected most.
The JRCERT does not track reasons for program closure.
The author hopes this research study will help radiologic science educators introduce this paradigm into the curriculum recommended by the ASRT and the JRCERT
Meanwhile, programs housed in medical centers and hospitals had to be accredited by the JRCERT to receive Title IV funds, since the JRCERT served as gatekeepers to these programs.
The JRCERT is the only special accreditation agency recognized by the DOE to accredit educational programs in radiography and radiation therapy.
Although the number of hospital-based programs has fallen dramatically, JRCERT figures show that they still constitute nearly 35% of the programs graduating entry-level radiographers.
Early on, the JRCERT pointed out that most hospital-based programs closed because of an unwillingness or inability to attain or maintain accreditation.
The JRCERT promotes excellence in education through the program accreditation process.
The JRCERT, within the context of programmatic accreditation, embraces innovative program delivery as a positive response to work force needs.
At the spring and fall board meetings, the JRCERT
directors considered 325 accreditation action items.
The promotion of quality and safety in patient care is integral to the missions of each of the profession's 3 national organizations: the ARRT, the ASRT and the JRCERT
. Though each organization's mission is unique, each organization actively promotes the quality and safety of patient care through its various factions.
In the March/April JRCERT
column, we indicated that the professional radiologic science community shares responsibility with faculty for the recruitment and education of students.