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JRCERT Accreditation Actions

Policy Statements

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

10.201 determines the duration of accreditation awarded.
10.202 maintains definitions of each accreditation category, limits accreditation actions to these categories and makes written descriptions of each category awarded publicly available.
 

Accreditation

  Accreditation is awarded to an existing or a new program, following the accreditation review process, for various lengths of time based on the degree of compliance with the relevant accreditation standards.
 

Probationary Accreditation

  Probationary Accreditation may be awarded when an accredited program is subsequently determined not to be in substantial compliance with the relevant accreditation standards. Probationary Accreditation is usually limited to one (1) year but may not extend beyond two (2) years unless the program has been granted a good cause extension pursuant to Policy 11.400, Procedure 11.405B.
 

Administrative Probationary Accreditation

  Administrative Probationary Accreditation may be awarded for a maximum of ninety (90) days when a program does not comply with one (1) or more of the following administrative requirements for maintaining accreditation:
    Agreeing to a reasonable site visit date at or near the time established for re-evaluation of the program unless the program has requested and received an extension accreditation.
    Paying accreditation fees and charges within sixty (60) days of the invoice date.
    Submitting information as required by the JRCERT.
10.203 limits accreditation statuses to the accreditation categories defined in 10.202 and to the following related actions:
 

Withholding Accreditation

  Accreditation may be withheld from a program seeking initial accreditation if the program is not in substantial compliance with the relevant accreditation standards.
 

Withdrawal of Accreditation

   

Voluntary

    A sponsor may withdraw from accreditation at any time in the accreditation process or during the accreditation cycle.
   

Involuntary

    Accreditation may be withdrawn from a program if the accreditation review process confirms that the program is not in compliance with the discipline-specific accreditation standards or with the administrative requirements for maintaining and administering accreditation.
 

Inactive

  A sponsor may request inactive status for a program that does not enroll students for up to two (2) years. A program that has been without students for two (2) years may voluntarily withdraw its accreditation or the JRCERT will take action to withdraw accreditation.
10.204 regards as graduates of a JRCERT accredited program all students who have successfully completed a program granted any accreditation status defined in 10.202 at the time said students completed the program.
10.205 maintains the accreditation status of a program pending disposition of an appeal.

Procedures

10.202A provides an accreditation letter which includes identification of any deficiency(ies) and a due date for any requested progress report.
10.202B informs sponsor/program officials that failure to submit a satisfactory progress report to correct the deficiency(ies) within the specified timeframe identified in JRCERT Policy 11.400, Procedure 11.405A will result in the JRCERT taking immediate adverse action unless the JRCERT, for good cause, extends the period for achieving compliance.   The JRCERT defines adverse action as involuntary withdrawal or withholding accreditation.
10.202C may extend, maintain or further limit accreditation upon receipt and review of an acceptable progress report without another site visit.
10.202D discloses the probationary accreditation status of a program in response to telephone or written inquiries and in compliance with JRCERT and USDE policies.
10.202E advises the sponsor and program that awards of probationary accreditation and administrative probationary accreditation are not adverse accreditation actions and, therefore, are not subject to reconsideration or appeal.
10.202F requires programs to submit requested documentation and a fee of $500.00 to rescind Administrative Probation and restore the program’s prior accreditation status.
10.202G advises the sponsor and program with a Probationary Accreditation or Administrative Probationary Accreditation status that the program cannot request a substantive change or an increase in program/clinical capacity, consistent with Policy 11.400.  
10.203A requires a request for voluntary withdrawal of accreditation to include the signature of the sponsor’s chief executive officer and an effective date of withdrawal.
10.203B considers withdrawal of accreditation of a program on administrative probationary accreditation if resolution does not occur by the deadline provided.
10.203C requires programs on inactive status to pay annual fees.
10.203D notifies, in writing, clinical education settings of programs whose accreditation has been withheld or withdrawn.
10.204A advises a sponsor and program that voluntarily withdraws from accreditation that students enrolled in the program who graduate after the effective date of withdrawal are not considered graduates of a JRCERT accredited program.
10.204B advises a sponsor and program that upon involuntary withdrawal of accreditation (final action), students enrolled in the program who graduate after the effective date of withdrawal, are not considered graduates of a JRCERT accredited program.
10.204C advises a sponsor and program that upon voluntary or involuntary withdrawal of accreditation, students enrolled in the program should be immediately notified that those students who graduate after the effective date of withdrawal, are not considered graduates of a JRCERT accredited program.

Cross References

10.000 Advertising Accreditation Status
10.100 Appeals Process
10.300 Conducting Accreditation Reviews at Reasonable Intervals
10.700 Disclosure of Accreditation Status
11.100 Principles of JRCERT Accreditation

Adopted by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology:  04/04
Revised:  04/08; 04/09; 06/09; 10/10; 04/13; 04/14; 04/17
Editorial Revision:  11/11