Advanced placement into an educational program is intended to provide a pathway
to ARRT certification and registration eligibility for individuals who have previously completed
an educational program not accredited by a mechanism recognized by the ARRT, or
who have completed an accredited program but who are no longer eligible for certification and registration
due to unsuccessful examination attempts or expiration of their eligibility time
Advanced placement recognizes that these individuals differ from individuals who
have never completed an educational program and may be admitted to a program at
a point other than entry level. Advanced placement requires assessment of the individual’s
current didactic knowledge and clinical skills in order to determine the advanced
placement point of entry into the educational program.
Educational programs that offer advanced placement opportunities are identified
on ARRT's list of
If a program should but currently does not appear on the list, the program director
should phone our Initial Certification Department at (651) 687-0048, ext.
8560, or fax a letter to (651) 994-8510.
What are the guidelines from ARRT regarding advanced placement?
The decision regarding when advanced placement is appropriate is left to each program,
to be determined within its institutional and/or accreditation requirements. Some
have appropriately used this mechanism for individuals in one or more of these scenarios:
- Received their radiologic technology education more than five years ago, which
makes them ineligible under ARRT's
three-year rule. NOTE: Candidates graduating
from an educational program beginning January 1, 2013, will have three years to
establish eligibility for ARRT certification and registration, as opposed to the five years that
is available to those who completed their program by December 31, 2012.
- Received their professional education in a country without an accreditation mechanism
that was recognized by the ARRT at the time of program completion.
- Are no longer eligible under ARRT's
three-attempt, three-year rule.
For additional information on advanced placement,
How does a program decide whether candidates are qualified for advanced placement?
The program director and/or faculty must evaluate the individual's current knowledge
and skills using the same didactic and clinical competency evaluation methods employed
for regular students. It's not enough to just review and evaluate an individual's
transcripts, course descriptions, and letters of recommendation.
- Didactic competency evaluation generally involves the administration of written
examinations to assess whether an individual has mastered the subject matter. Completion
of the final exam for each radiologic technology course is a minimum requirement.
- Clinical competency evaluation involves actual performance of radiologic technology
procedures. Assessment of clinical skills and procedure competency must follow the
same evaluation criteria utilized in the program and as specified in ARRT's competency
Where and when does advanced placement work?
Advanced placement works where educational programs have established partnerships
in the clinical setting and when all didactic and clinical competency requirements
can be satisfied.
For how long? For as long as it takes to thoroughly evaluate existing knowledge
and skills and to subsequently complete the didactic and clinical activities that
were not satisfactorily demonstrated in the initial evaluation.
Is the academic degree requirement applicable to candidates that complete advanced placement programs?
Candidates completing an advanced placement program after January 1, 2015, must have earned an associate (or more advanced) degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by ARRT. For more information, click here.
How do advanced placement students apply for certification and registration?
When the program determines that an individual has met its requirements, he or she
is ready to apply to ARRT. Advanced-placement candidates complete and submit the
regular application. But advanced-placement
applications must also include a completed advanced placement form from the program
director (available to program directors on the Program Director site).
Sometimes a previous graduate of the program re-enrolls after losing certification and registration
eligibility under ARRT's
three-attempt, three-year rule
three-year rule. In this case, the program director
must provide the new enrollment dates and clarify in the accompanying documentation that
the student has been evaluated using the same didactic and clinical competency evaluation
methods employed for regular students and has redemonstrated the didactic and clinical