The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) promotes excellence in education and elevates the quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.
Commitment to Quality
The JRCERT is committed to excellence in education and believes that educational quality cannot be compromised. Integrity and high ethical principles are the fundamental values that guide the JRCERT in a fair and unbiased accreditation process. The JRCERT is committed in assuring that these core values are reflected throughout the site visit by respecting and protecting the rights of students and assuring patient safety.
Originally established in 1969, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) is the only organization 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, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. Over the last several decades the JRCERT has proven to be the “gold standard” of accreditation for educational programs in the radiologic sciences and currently accredits over 700 educational programs. We are proud to share our history and sincerely thank you for your interest in, and continuing support of, programmatic accreditation in the radiologic sciences.
Leslie F. Winter
Chief Executive Officer, JRCERT
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) currently accredits educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry that can be offered at the certificate, associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree levels in both traditional and distance education settings. These programs are housed in institutionally accredited, degree granting institutions and hospitals/medical centers that are either degree granting or award certificates. The geographic boundaries of JRCERT accreditation activities are within the United States and its territories, commonwealths, and possessions.
Believes educational quality and integrity should not be compromised.
Respects and protects the rights of students.
Promotes the welfare of patients.
Encourages educational innovation.
Collaborates with other organizations to advance the profession.
Exemplifies the highest ethical principles in its actions and decisions.
Responds in a proactive and dynamic manner to the environment in which it operates.
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Recognition
The JRCERT is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. For more information on CHEA, go to chea.org.
US Department of Education Recognition
The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. For more information about the USDE, go to usde.gov.
JRCERT Organizational Reports
Each year, the JRCERT publishes the Organizational Report. This report contains valuable information regarding the JRCERT, including Board and Staff composition, the number of accredited programs, budget summaries, and more. Click the button below to view the current and past organizational reports.JRCERT Organizational Reports
JRCERT Strategic Planning Executive Summary
The entire JRCERT staff meets three times each year to revisit and further develop our strategic plan. Strategic planning is an essential component to the success of the JRCERT. Through strategic planning, the JRCERT assesses and reflects on previous activities, as well as forecasts for future endeavors. The JRCERT has developed an executive summary to promote transparency and provide insight to the strategic plan, its goals, and outcomes. Click below to view the executive summary.JRCERT Strategic Planning Executive Summary
In the early days following Roentgen’s discovery of X-rays, physicians experimenting with the use of Roentgen rays in the diagnosis of disease trained X-ray technicians on an as-needed basis. As the need for a more formal training program was recognized, radiologists and technicians, working together, began to establish training programs in a few hospitals. Although the American Medical Association (AMA) was recognized as the official accrediting agency by the National Commission on Accrediting and the United States Commissioner of Education, it did not have the necessary resources to conduct surveys and evaluate programs. The AMA requested that the American College of Radiology (ACR) assume the responsibility for surveying X-ray training schools.
In 1944, X-ray technology, the predecessor of radiologic technology, joined the professions of occupational therapy, clinical laboratory sciences, and medical records as the fourth health occupation to establish standards of education and qualifications for accreditation. The first “Essentials of an Acceptable School for X-Ray Technicians” was the product of negotiation between the American Society of X-Ray Technicians, now the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), and the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association. The ASRT subsequently contributed to the establishment and elevation of educational standards for radiologic technology, especially in the areas of curriculum development and instructor preparation, through the varied activities of its education committee. By 1950, approximately 125 schools offered training in X-ray technology.
From 1944 until 1969, the ACR’s Commission on Technologists Affairs Committee on Technologists Training carried out program evaluation. The number of programs grew rapidly, and evaluating compliance with the Essentials became more complex.
In 1969, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the American College of Radiology established the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) within the structure of allied health education accreditation provided by the AMA’s Council on Medical Education. The JRCERT, incorporated in 1971, assumed the duties for site visits and evaluation of educational programs in the radiologic sciences.
Radiation therapy technology had been recognized as a separate discipline within radiologic technology since 1964, when the first certifying examination was administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The “Essentials of an Acceptable School of Radiation Therapy Technology,” adopted by the ACR, ASRT, and AMA in 1968, applied only to one-year programs, since almost all technologists entering radiation therapy technology at that time were recruited from radiography and nursing.
The JRCERT accredited its first radiation therapy program in 1969. In 1972, the three organizations, ACR, ASRT, and AMA, provided for two-year programs by adopting separate Essentials for programs with a minimum entrance requirement of a high school diploma. In 1975, the separate Essentials for one- and two-year programs for radiation therapy technologists were combined into a single document that established standards for all radiation therapy technology programs seeking accreditation.
In 1976, the AMA Council on Medical Education delegated responsibility for allied health education accreditation to a newly formed Committee on Allied Health and Educational Accreditation (CAHEA). CAHEA was broadly representative of allied health education interests. The JRCERT worked cooperatively with CAHEA in the peer review process of educational program accreditation. The JRCERT became one of the largest review committees within the CAHEA system, accounting for 28% of CAHEA’s total number of allied health education programs. This cooperative process was formally recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA), governmental and private agencies respectively.
The JRCERT turned back to its roots in 1992, when the ASRT House of Delegates requested that the JRCERT Board of Directors develop an action plan and timetable for the withdrawal of JRCERT from its collaborative relationship with CAHEA and establish itself as the only recognized accrediting agency of educational programs for the radiographer and radiation therapist. While the JRCERT was investigating the prospect of independence, the AMA made the announcement that it had elected to dissolve CAHEA. This was to occur rather abruptly, leaving review committees scrambling to make decisions and plans. To facilitate the change, the AMA offered to lengthen the timeframe of CAHEA’s dissolution and to support a new freestanding agency to assume the accreditation activities of CAHEA. The JRCERT Board of Directors did not accept the proposal to join the freestanding agency, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), but instead voted to pursue USDE recognition as the independent accrediting agency of educational programs in radiologic sciences. Plans were made for submitting a petition for recognition to the USDE and for completing the myriad of tasks that would need to be accomplished to assume direct responsibility for educational program accreditation.
In January of 1994, the USDE granted the JRCERT interim recognition through 1995. The notification stated: “During this interim period, the JRCERT may take whatever accreditation decisions it believes are warranted, including the awarding of initial accreditation to programs the JRCERT determines are in compliance with JRCERT accreditation standards.”
In February 1996, the Secretary of Education confirmed ongoing recognition of the JRCERT as the only agency for the accreditation of educational programs in radiography and radiation therapy.
Declaring independence as the only accrediting agency recognized by the USDE to evaluate and accredit educational programs in the radiologic sciences also brought about major changes in the Essentials and Guidelines. The Essentials and Guidelines of an Accredited Educational Program for the Radiographer and the Essentials and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Radiation Therapist were combined into a single generic document, the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences. The STANDARDS are directed to the assessment of outcomes and focus on those programmatic and student-related outcomes that measure the total academic experience. The STANDARDS were implemented on January 1, 1997. The STANDARDS were revised in 2001 and implemented January 1, 2002. The JRCERT STANDARDS are reviewed and revised as necessary every 10 years.
In 1999, the JRCERT began investigating the accreditation of educational programs in magnetic resonance in response to requests from the magnetic resonance community. The Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Magnetic Resonance were adopted in May of 2002 and implemented January 1, 2003. The JRCERT’s scope of accreditation was subsequently expanded to include medical dosimetry programs. The Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Medical Dosimetry were adopted in April, 2003 and implemented January 1, 2004.
The JRCERT applied for, and received, recognition as a programmatic accreditor by The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2004. In 2008, the USDE granted an expansion in the scope of the JRCERT to include distance education.
In 2010, separate STANDARDS were adopted for each of the four disciplines in the radiologic sciences: radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. The new STANDARDS were implemented January 1, 2011. In 2010, responding to requests from the professional community, the JRCERT developed Standards for an Accredited Limited Scope X-ray Machine Operator Educational Program (referred to as LXMO). The STANDARDS were adopted in 2011 and implemented January 1, 2012.
June 2012 marked the launch of the JRCERT electronic accreditation management system. The system allows programs to submit accreditation materials electronically via a protected Web-based portal.
Additional Facts From JRCERT History
1973: 211 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL
1973 – 1984: 307 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
1985 – 1989: 111 N. Canal Street, Chicago, IL
May 1989 – Dec. 2004: 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 900, Chicago, IL
Dec. 2004 – Present: 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL
1984: Robert L. Coyle (Executive Director)
1984 – May 1985: Diana Browning (Interim Executive Director)
June 1985 – Dec. 1985: Walter E. Foegelle (Executive Director)
1986 – 1998: Marilyn Fay (Executive Director)
1999 – July 2007: Joanne S. Greathouse (CEO)
July 2007 – Present: Leslie F. Winter (CEO)