Alternative Learning Options

Policy Statements

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT):

10.801actively encourages the development and implementation of alternative learning approaches to radiologic sciences education while meeting or exceeding the relevant accreditation standards.
10.802requires assurance that alternative learning curriculum delivery does not compromise the quality of education.
10.803defines distance education/delivery as an educational process characterized by the separation, in time or place, between instructor and students, which could be either synchronous or asynchronous.  Distance education/delivery courses are taught primarily (more than 50%) through the use of TV, audio, or computer transmissions (broadcast, closed-circuit, cable, microwave, satellite transmissions); audio or computer conferencing; video cassettes or disks; and/or a combination of face-to-face instruction with a distance learning component (hybrid);
10.804recognizes alternative learning options include, but are not limited to:
 i.     distance education/delivery;
 ii.    weekend and/or evening curricular track;
 iii.   part-time curricular track.
10.805requires programs that offer distance education in a state(s) in which the program is not physically located be legally authorized to offer such distance education/delivery in that state(s).
10.806defines a weekend and/or evening curricular track as one in which the delivery method for both didactic and clinical components of the program are offered primarily during these times.
10.807recognizes the addition of alternative learning options as identified in Policy 11.400, Procedure 11.407Aiv.


The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT):

10.802Arequires programs to document compliance with the relevant accreditation standards.
10.802Brequires programs to document and demonstrate that learning is accomplished and that educational outcomes are equal and consistent with those outcomes gained through traditional methods.
10.802Crequires programs that offer an alternative learning option to accurately reflect the offerings and requirements in program publications.
10.802Drequires programs to assure that resources offered to alternative learning option students are consistent with those offered to traditional students.
10.804Arequires programs to document that the program sponsor has control of the following elements:
  • faculty
  • admissions
  • curriculum
  • fees
  • policies
  • student records
  • terminal award
10.804Brequires programs that offer distance education have processes in place that assure that students who register in the distance education courses are the same students that participate in, complete, and receive the credit.
10.804Crequires programs offering distance education to verify the identity of students by using methods such as, but not limited to: secure logins, pass codes, and/or proctored exams.
10.804Drequires programs to have written procedures, with supporting processes, that protect student privacy.
10.804Erequires programs to provide information of any cost(s) associated with distance education to prospective and enrolled students.
10.805Arequires programs to document compliance with applicable federal regulations and state laws regarding authorization to deliver distance education into a state(s) in which the program is not geographically located.
10.807Arequires the program to notify the JRCERT of alternative learning options as identified in Policy 11.400, Policy Statement 11.407, and Procedure 11.407Aiv.

Cross References:

10.600  Developing, Revising and Applying Accreditation Standards
11.200  Self-Study Report
11.300  Report of Findings
11.400  Requirements for Sponsors of Accredited Programs
11.500  Rights and Responsibilities of Sponsors of JRCERT Accredited Programs
11.600  Site Visit of the Program
11.700  Verification of Qualifications of Program Officials
80.200  Integrity of the Accreditation Process
90.300  Site Visitor – Qualifications and Terms of Appointment/Reappointment

Adopted by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology: 04/04
Revised: 10/04; 04/08; 06/09; 04/10; 04/11; 04/19
Editorial Revision: 04/19; 04/22