December 13, 2012
Cindy Close and Karlyn LaBate
The Radiologic Technology Program at Fulton-Montgomery Community College recently received notification from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) that we have been awarded an eight-year accreditation, which is the highest accreditation award presented by JRCERT.
What does JRCERT accreditation mean? Radiologic Technology graduates are recognized nation-wide, as qualified and competent; they will be eligible for licensure in 50 states. The public is assured that the care they receive in local hospitals is based in the most stringent and excellent standards available. FM is electing to be what the JRCERT website entitles “an outstanding example of reliable and responsible self-regulation, exceptional model for public-private partnership; utilizing a highly successful and well tested system of quality assurance and quality improvement.”
FM is accredited regionally by Middle States which fully satisfies the criteria established by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology and the NYS Department of Health. JRCERT is the only national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography. JRCERT promotes excellence in education and elevates quality and safety of patient care through optional accreditation of educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.
Currently there is a technology surge in medicine increasing the demand for a highly skilled, professional workforce; the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence bill (CARE bill) introduced to both the United States House of Representative and the Senate has 135 sponsors. The CARE bill would set federal minimum education and certification standards in the Medicare program for the technical personnel providing, planning, and delivering of all medical imaging examinations and radiation therapy treatments. FM proactively supports JRCERT accreditation as the only agency that will satisfy the expected standards in the CARE bill.
Radiologic Technology is one of the newer programs offered at FM. The program originated from our area’s economic need. In the early 2000’s, there was a nationwide shortage of allied health workers. Area hospitals experienced difficulty recruiting qualified radiologic technologists. Temporary staffing was extremely expensive. With the support of community hospitals, FM, and the resourcefulness of a dedicated and talented founder, Vince Carelli, the Rad Tech program was born in 2004.
In 2006 we graduated ten radiologic technologists, fully qualified, credentialed and licensed by the state of NY. Since then, FM has graduated over 75 radiologic technologists. Most of our graduates work locally. It is rewarding to see our graduates in the work place and to hear that they are caring, competent, and professional.
The Rad Tech program has successfully pursued national accreditation by JRCERT. We are progressive in education at FM, responsive to the community’s needs.
Cindy Close is Assistant Professor & Director of Radiologic Technology, Karlyn LaBate is Instructor of Radiologic Technology at FM.