ARRT Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes
Provide your thoughts on Quality Management Examination Content Specifications and Clinical Experience Requirements by Sept. 2, 2016
(August 11, 2016) The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is looking for help from educators and people who work in
quality management (QM). As an interested party, you are encouraged to review the proposed changes to the Examination Content
Specifications and Clinical Experience Requirements for Quality Management certification and registration.
Our goal is to produce comprehensive, accurate and fair documents that cover the knowledge and cognitive skills required of QM
technologists. ARRT’s examinations are practice-related. That is, we only include topics if knowledge of those topics relates directly
to a clinical activity typically required in practice.
ARRT’s Quality Management Practice Analysis and CQR Advisory Committee (composed of subject matter experts from throughout the nation)
began working on these documents in September 2015 and will complete its work on them later this year. After that, ARRT’s Board of Trustees
will review the proposed changes. The revised Examination Content Specifications and Clinical Experience Requirements have an implementation
date of July 1, 2018.
Proposed changes in the drafts are either underlined (additions) or lined out (deletions). Notable changes include the following:
Examination Content Specifications
Proposed changes to the Examination Content Specifications include retitling several content categories and reorganizing them into three
major sections: Patient Care, Safety and Procedures. This creates consistent category names across all ARRT disciplines.
Reorganization and renaming changes to the Examination Content Specifications include:
- Quality Improvement Management and Administration was renamed Patient Care and divided into two sections titled: Concepts and Principles
of Quality Improvement; and Applications of Quality Improvement and Operational Management.
- Topics concerning Laws, Regulations, Standards and Guidelines were moved to the new Safety section.
- Topics concerning Quality Control were moved to the new Procedures section.
Topics added or removed from the Examination Content Specifications include:
- Topics concerning MIPPA were removed from the Safety section.
- Topics concerning Radiation Protection were added to the Safety section.
- Topics concerning analog radiography were removed from the Procedures section.
- Topics concerning computed radiography (CR) were removed from the Procedures section.
- Topics concerning fluoroscopy were removed from the Procedures section.
- Topics concerning bone densitometry were removed from the Procedures section.
- Topics concerning computed tomography were removed from the Procedures section.
- Topics concerning viewboxes were removed from the Procedures section.
- Topics concerning laser printers were removed from the Procedures section.
- Topics concerning test instrumentation were removed from the Procedures section.
Clinical Experience Requirements
Changes to the Clinical Experience Requirements include:
- Removed the Equipment Quality Control section.
- Removed Analog Systems as an option in the General Quality Control Procedures section.
- Added quality improvement activities under Operational Management.
Review the Documents and Provide Feedback
Links to drafts of the proposed documents appear below. We invite you to review the documents and provide feedback via an important
online survey (now closed). The survey is the official method by which we track
feedback. Your comments will help us create policy changes that are fair, and in the best interests of the profession and patients.
You may also direct questions about the proposed changes to ARRT at 651.681.3162.
Thank you for your contribution to this important project.