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Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement into an educational program is intended to provide a pathway to ARRT certification 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 due to unsuccessful examination attempts or expiration of their eligibility time period.

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 recognized programs. 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 five-year rule. NOTE: Candidates graduating from an educational program beginning January 1, 2013, will have three years to establish eligibility for ARRT certification, 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.

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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 one assessment method.
  • 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 requirements.

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.

How do advanced placement students apply for certification?

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 from the appropriate ARRT certification handbook. 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 eligibility under ARRT's three-attempt, three-year rule or five-year rule. In this case, the program director must provide the new enrollment dates and clarify in the accompanying letter 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 competency requirements.

What's the difference between advanced placement and remediation?

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