Since certification examinations are required to be practice related, ARRT periodically conducts a job analysis to make certain that the certification examination content specifications and the clinical requirements 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 changes to the following documents, which go into effect on July 1, 2017.
OVERVIEW OF MAJOR CHANGES TO THE CONTENT SPECIFICATIONS
- The section previously called Patient Care and Safety was divided into two sections, one called Patient Care and one called Safety.
- The Physics and Instrumentation section was retitled Image Production and divided into two subsections: Image Formation; and Image Evaluation and Archiving.
- The Procedures section was reorganized to include three new subsections: Head, Spine, and Musculoskeletal; Neck and Chest; and Abdomen and Pelvis.
OVERVIEW OF MAJOR CHANGES TO THE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
- The list of verifiers for clinical procedures was changed to “an ARRT certified and registered technologist (postprimary certification not required) or an interpreting physician.” While supervisors were removed from the aforementioned statement, supervisors can still verify clinical procedures if they are an ARRT certified and registered technologist.
- Procedures performed in conjunction with a PET or SPECT attenuation correction scan were removed from eligibility for CT clinical experience documentation.
- Procedures performed in conjunction with radiation therapy planning were removed from eligibility for CT clinical experience documentation.
- The use of iodinated IV contrast was added as a requirement for 19 procedures.
Please direct any questions about these changes to Blaze Lanoue, exam development coordinator, at 651.681.3162.