If you’re pursuing a credential using the postprimary pathway, you already know about Clinical Experience Requirements:
- You must complete a certain number of clinical procedures pertinent to your new discipline
- You’ll need someone to verify that you performed the procedures
Still, you or your verifiers might have questions about reporting and verifying procedures.
WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO
You’re responsible for choosing appropriate verifiers. In most cases, they must be Registered Technologists (R.T.s) or medical doctors (M.D.s). Disciplines have somewhat different guidelines for verification—see the introductory section of your discipline’s Clinical Experience Requirements document for specifics.
Once you identify potential verifiers, ask them if they’re willing to verify your Clinical Experience Requirements. Then, as you complete clinical procedures, log the following into your online documentation tool:
- Information requested about the procedures
- The name of your verifier
- The email address of your verifier
Our system will link your procedures to your verifier’s account, if the verifier has already set one up with us. If not, we’ll send an email inviting the verifier to create one. Your verifier then reviews the procedures you submit and approves or denies the request for verification. Our system completes all actions immediately—which means you’ll get your results as soon as your verifier responds. You might want to share the information in the section below (What Verifiers Have To Do) with your verifiers before they get started.
Keep in mind: submitting a false report of clinical experience could trigger an ethics investigation. If we determine that you tried to subvert the integrity of our certification and registration process, you could lose certification and registration status in all disciplines and your eligibility to pursue others.
WHAT VERIFIERS HAVE TO DO
If you’ve been asked to be a verifier for someone pursuing an ARRT credential through the postprimary pathway, you’ll play an important role by confirming the candidate’s clinical procedures. Once someone nominates you as a verifier, you’ll receive a welcome email from ARRT, asking you to create an account and submit information about your credentials. After we authorize you as a verifier, our system will recognize your name and email each time you log in.
The first time you’re asked to verify clinical procedures for a new candidate, or for any candidate who’s pursuing a new credential, we’ll ask you to sign an electronic agreement confirming that you understand your responsibilities as a verifier.
When candidates add procedures for you to verify, you'll have to log in to the online tool and confirm or deny their procedures. You’ll receive a reminder email from ARRT if you wait too long.
Be sure to carefully review any procedures candidates submit. We’re relying on you to make sure candidates are prepared to provide high-quality patient care.
Candidates must complete procedures according to the guidelines of their specific discipline and according to your facility’s protocols. In addition, you as a verifier might have even more stringent requirements. For example, you might decide that candidates must perform procedures with no mistakes, or you might want candidates to perform several procedures before you begin verifying. That’s up to you.
Keep in mind: If you’re an R.T. verifying the procedures of a colleague, you’re held to the same Standards of Ethics as the person completing the procedure. Technologists submitting false reports—or who falsely verify someone else’s experience—could become part of an ethics investigation. Ultimately, that could result in sanctions including revocation of your certification and registration.