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Alternative Learning Options

Policy Statements

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

10.801 actively encourages the development and implementation of alternative learning approaches to radiologic sciences education while meeting or exceeding the relevant accreditation standards.
10.802 requires assurance that alternative learning curriculum delivery does not compromise the quality of education.
10.803 defines distance education/delivery as an educational process characterized by the separation, in time or place, between instructor and students. 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; correspondence; and/or a combination of face-to-face instruction with a distance learning component (hybrid);
10.804 recognizes 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.
10.805 requires 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).
10.806 defines 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.
10.807 recognizes the addition of alternative learning options as identified in Policy 11.400, Procedure 11.408Aiv.


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

10.802A requires programs to document compliance with the relevant accreditation standards.
10.802B requires programs to document and demonstrate that learning is accomplished and that educational outcomes are equal and consistent with those outcomes gained through traditional methods.
10.802C requires programs that offer an alternative learning option to accurately reflect the offerings and requirements in program publications.
10.802D requires programs to assure that resources offered to alternative learning option students are consistent with those offered to traditional students.
10.804A requires programs to document that the program sponsor has control of the following elements:
  • faculty
  • admissions
  • curriculum
  • fees
  • policies
  • student records
  • terminal award
10.804B requires 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.
10.804C requires 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.
10.804D requires programs to have written procedures, with supporting processes, that protect student privacy.
10.804E requires programs to provide information of any cost(s) associated with distance education to prospective and enrolled students.
10.805A requires 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.
10.807A requires the program to notify the JRCERT of alternative learning options as identified in Policy 11.400, Policy Statement 11.408, and Procedure 11.408Aiv.

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/Apprentice - 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

Editorial Revision: 04/19