Please note: this article was written and published prior to the official name change that occurred on 8/13/12. Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences is now Adventist University of Health Sciences.
Beginning in 2015, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists will require candidates for certification in radiography, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, sonography, and radiation therapy to possess at least an associate degree from an accredited institution. A degree in any field will meet the ARRT Board of Trusteesâ€™ new requirement, however the candidate must have been awarded the degree to be eligible to take a certification examination.
The ARRT Board of Trustees formally adopted the requirement at it its July 2009 meeting, after nearly a year-long period of formal consideration and several years of less formal discussion. Michael DelVecchio, a member of the ARRT Board of Trustees, said that the new educational requirements will help ensure that radiologic professionals are well-prepared to deliver the high standards of patient care that the ARRT promotes.
Genese Gibson MA, RT (R) (M) (QM), Chair of the Department of Radiologic Sciences at the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences (FHCHS) welcomes the new requirements. “The decision to move the minimum requirement from a certificate to an associate degree in Radiologic Technology is a significant milestone in our profession. At FHCHS, one of our primary goals is to position our radiography students to pursue life-long learning. The ARRT decision is a necessary step for the future of medical imaging professionals on the path to achieve this goal.”
Ms. Gibson says that the new education requirements simply reflect the reality of the field of radiologic sciences. “I believe the recommendation is based on the emerging knowledge and skills that is required to perform in this discipline. The requisite skills and knowledge to be competent in this field have evolved from what was required two decades ago,” says Gibson. “We require not only critical thinking skills but a broad base of analytical and technical knowledge that has transcended the previous requirements.”
Gibson believes the two-year degree requirement is just the first step in strengthening the educational requirements for certification. “At FHCHS, we provide students with the ability to further their education with programs that suit working professionals.” FHCHS pioneered online learning programs and online degrees for medical imaging professionals, and enables non-traditional students to pursue higher education. “We are very pleased with the results of our on-campus and online radiography degree programs. We will continue to support regulations aimed at expanding educational opportunities for medical imaging professionals,” says Gibson.
Prospective students who would like more information about nursing and allied health education programs should visit the University’s Web site at online.adu.edu.