Things have been quite busy over at The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Last August, ARRT announced a call for volunteer radiologic technology professionals to help build certification exams. Volunteers will be tasked to formulate exam and assessment questions, hence item writers. Acceptance and delegation of consultants will be based equally on the following aspects: location, weight of experience, practice setting and position type.
The organization aims to generate items—questions in ARRT examinations—that challenge those who plan to be a full-fledged member of the medical imaging community.
Since multiple forms of every exam in any discipline have to be produced regularly, ARRT has sought the help of a great number of volunteers. However, more questions have to be generated now that CQR self-assessments are included as requisite. Instructions and requirements for application of volunteers can be found at www.arrt.org/examination/volunteers.
Meanwhile, in September, ARRT has given Weber State University (Ogden, Utah) and The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) an extended recognition of their radiologist assistant (RA) educational programs. As such, those who will graduate from the said programs through July 31, 2015, and July 31, 2017 will be acknowledged to have met the requirement for certification as Registered Radiologist Assistants or advanced-level radiographers.
Besides Weber State University (Ogden, Utah) and The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio), ARRT also recognizes R.A. programs in Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Connecticut), Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, California), University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Virginia), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, Arkansas), Bellevue College (Bellevue, Washington), Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan), Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls, Texas), and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Newark, New Jersey).