CE for Radiologic Technologists
Cindy Mehallow | Monster Contributing Writer
Continuing education’s diverse formats, topics and sources are helping radiologic technologists (RTs) fulfill their educational requirements — in a variety of budgets, schedules and learning styles.
Each year, roughly 15,000 new and renewed continuing-education (CE) activities become available to RTs, estimates Becky Kruse, former director of continuing education for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), which reviews approximately half of all the field’s CE activities.
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When looking for CE, start with your own professional association. Most provide CE as a member service. Some, such as the ASRT, track member CE activities and submit records to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). As the national organization that certifies radiologic professionals, the ARRT issues CE requirements but doesn’t provide education itself.
At the ASRT’s Online Learning Center, you can purchase courses in formats ranging from text to video webcasts. Studying, taking tests and receiving certification is all done online. By visiting the ASRT’s Online Store, you can select courses and order them by mail or phone.
Commercial educational publishers and nonprofits such as universities, hospitals, healthcare organizations and clinics also offer CE. For a glimpse of what’s out there, search the Internet for “radiology education.” Prepare to be overwhelmed.
Once you’ve found the right CE option for you, determine whether it meets ARRT requirements. The ARRT currently designates nine radiologic associations as Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanisms (RCEEMs), which can deliver approved CE courses.
When reviewing a listing for a CE activity, look for a statement that the activity has been “Approved for Category A credit” by the ARRT or an RCEEM. If uncertain, contact the organization directly.
Online and Offline Study
Technology — particularly the Internet — has transformed training. “We’re limited only by the bounds of our imagination,” says Tom Kraker, MEd, RT, assistant executive director for the ARRT.
There’s been an explosion of activity in Internet-based learning, Kraker says. Most online CE activities consist of stand-alone options similar in content to traditional home-study courses. Online courses are usually paperless, and some feature streaming video.