ARRT asks for policy change comments

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The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is proposing changes to two key governing documents, the rules and regulations and continuing education requirements for renewal of registration, and seeking public comment before the changes are implemented.

The proposed rules and regulation changes include:

  • Adding a third eligibility pathway for ARRT’s sonography certification by accepting registration with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography as satisfaction of the professional education requirement; and
  • Dropping the re-certification requirement for registration in bone densitometry.

Regarding continuing education requirements, ARRT is implementing major changes to several key areas of requirements for renewal of registration. They are highlighted below:

  • Tighter eligibility for ‘retired’ status. Effective August 1, 2007, applicants for retired status must meet specifically defined qualifications. New candidates for retired status qualify only if they are 55 years old or older; ARRT certified for at least 20 years; or meet the “Rule of 70,” which requires that age plus number of years certified equals 70 or more.
  • Reduction in CE probation credits and new fees; and
  • Reinstatement by re-qualification also required in all disciplines. Individuals who must re-qualify in order to reinstate by re-examination will also be required to do so in all disciplines.

Comments must be submitted by May 31, 2007, and directed to ARRT, Dept. ED, 1255 Northland Dr., St. Paul, MN 55120.

The proposed changes are detailed at length in the documents as they appear in the ARRT Annual Report to Registered Technologists available here