Since certification examinations are required to be practice related, ARRT periodically conducts a job analysis to make certain that the certification examination content specifications remain comprehensive, accurate, and fair. ARRT, with the help of the professional community, reviews the certification documents every five years.
The ARRT Board of Trustees recently approved the changes to the examination content specifications, which go into effect on January 1, 2018.
OVERVIEW OF MAJOR CHANGES TO THE CONTENT SPECIFICATIONS
- The content was restructured into four major content sections: Patient Care, Safety, Image Production, and Procedures.
- A patient preparation section was added to the Patient Care section. It includes patient instructions, patient history, and special needs of patients.
- DXA calibration, including cross-calibration, was added to the Image Production section.
- Pediatric/adolescent scanning (ages 5-19) was added to the Image Production section.
- The file management section was expanded in the Image Production section to include storage and retrieval of data and back-up and archiving.
- Computer console and major components were removed from the Image Production section.
- Pencil beam DXA scanner was removed from the Image Production section.
Please direct any questions about these changes to Roxanne Koenen, exam development coordinator, at 651.681.3185.