EDUCATION + ETHICS + EXAMINATION =
THE ARRT EQUATION FOR EXCELLENCE
This expression has become so identified with ARRT that we recently trademarked the phrase. Here’s the meaning behind the words that add up to excellence.
Education is the first of the three components of The ARRT Equation for Excellence, but it actually applies throughout an R.T.'s career. First is the preparatory education that, through didactic and clinical requirements, establishes eligibility for certification and registration. Postprimary eligibility has its own educational requirement by way of clinical experience that all candidates must fulfill. Even after earning the R.T. credential, R.T.s are subject to continuing education (CE) requirements and—for certificates earned since Jan.1, 2011—Continuing Qualifications Requirements (CQR).
The ARRT Standards of Ethics provides proactive guidance on what it means to be qualified and to motivate and promote a culture of ethical behavior within the profession. Compliance with the Rules of Ethics is required for initial eligibility and ongoing certification and registration. And the Code of Ethics serves as an aspirational guide to achieving the highest standards of patient care.
Although education and ethics requirements are imposed by ARRT, technologists themselves are in charge of determining if and when they confront the examination component of the Equation for Excellence. The first exam they pass bestows the "R.T." designation, accompanied by the initials indicating their discipline. Many R.T.s choose to add additional credentials as their careers progress, which simultaneously adds more initials behind their names.