WHAT IS ADVANCED PLACEMENT?
ARRT will stop accepting advanced placement applications on Dec. 31, 2021. Students who begin advanced placement programs must complete all requirements—and ensure that we receive their application for certification and registration—no later than 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2021. Learn more here.
Advanced placement might be a good option if you want to earn ARRT certification and registration, but can’t because you:
- Completed a professional educational program that isn’t accredited by an agency ARRT recognizes (If you've completed part of a program that is accredited by an ARRT-recognized mechanism, you should apply as a transfer student as opposed to an advanced placement student).
- Became ineligible for certification and registration as a result of three unsuccessful examination attempts within three years
- Became ineligible for certification and registration because your exam eligibility time expired (if you graduated from an educational program on or after January 1, 2013, you have three years to establish eligibility for ARRT certification and registration; if you graduated on or before Dec. 31, 2012, you have five years)
If you fit one of those situations, you differ from someone who’s never completed a professional education program. Advanced placement—in which you enter an educational program at a point beyond the normal entry level—might be right for you.
DO I QUALIFY FOR ADVANCED PLACEMENT?
Each program has its own requirements for advanced placement and will determine whether advanced placement is appropriate for you. With advanced placement, you must meet these ARRT-mandated requirements:
- You must have completed a professional educational program in the imaging or radiation therapy.
- You must complete didactic and clinical assessments for each course in a program’s non-advanced placement curriculum.
- If you were previously enrolled in the same program in which you are now applying for advanced placement, you must complete and submit new assessments.
UNDERSTANDING THE DIDACTIC AND CLINICAL ASSESSMENTS
Being part of an advanced placement program will require both didactic (classroom) and clinical (hands-on) assessments of your knowledge and skills.
Initial: Programs must assess your current didactic knowledge of the subject matter of each program course before determining where you can enter the program. Program directors will use the same type of assessments they do for students who aren’t admitted under advanced placement (e.g., examination, research paper, presentation).
It isn’t enough for a program to simply review and evaluate your transcripts, course descriptions, and letters of recommendation. If you successfully complete an initial assessment in a given course, the program may allow you to bypass the course.
Final: If you don’t demonstrate sufficient didactic knowledge during the initial assessment, you must complete the courses or didactic activities that the program assigns to you in order to gain the appropriate knowledge. You must also successfully complete the same final assessments at the end of the course (e.g., examination, research paper, presentation) that non-advanced placement students are required to complete.
As an advanced placement student, by the end of the program you’ll have to prove competence in all required clinical procedures (as defined by ARRT’s clinical competency requirements and by any program requirements above and beyond ARRT’s requirements). Program directors or their designees must base their assessments on procedures they actually witness you performing at the program’s clinical facility. Faculty must also follow the same evaluation criteria the program uses for students not admitted under advanced placement.
NOTE: As an advanced placement student, you must complete all didactic and clinical competency assessments within the 24 months immediately before you apply for certification and registration with ARRT.
HOW CAN I FIND SCHOOLS WITH ADVANCED PLACEMENT OPTIONS?
You’ll find educational programs that offer advanced placement opportunities on our list of recognized programs. Contact each program directly to learn how to apply.
HOW DO ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDENTS APPLY FOR CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION?
Before you can apply for certification and registration, you’ll need to meet the same ARRT eligibility requirements as all other candidates. That includes completing your educational program and earning an associate degree (or higher) from an institution accredited by an agency that ARRT recognizes. You can earn the degree before or after you complete the advanced placement program.
Upon meeting these requirements, you may apply for ARRT certification and registration. As an advanced placement candidate, you’ll complete ARRT’s regular application. You’ll also need to submit an Advanced Placement Assessment form. Your Program Director can provide you with both forms.
Contact our Initial Certification Department to learn more or ask questions. Call 651.687.0048, then choose the option for earning an ARRT credential.