Site Visit of the Program

Policy Statements

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

11.601 requires a scheduled site visit as an integral part of the accrediting process to assist in assessing an applicant program’s compliance with the relevant accreditation standards.
11.602 determines which clinical settings will be visited.
11.603 communicates with programs regarding the number and selection of site visitors and the length of the scheduled visit.
11.604 requires the preparation of an agenda for a scheduled site visit which provides opportunities for discussion among team members and program officials, faculty, administrators, clinical representatives, students, and other appropriate individuals.
11.605 requires the use of the JRCERT Report of Site Visit Team Findings to support consistency in the evaluation process.
11.606 requires the site visit team to present its findings privately to the program director prior to the exit summation.
11.607 requires the site visit team to present an oral exit summation of its findings including program strengths and areas of concern to sponsor and program officials.
11.608 expects site visitors to arrive promptly, to maintain the established agenda, to complete the Report of Site Visit Team Findings before the oral exit summation and to leave promptly at the conclusion of the scheduled site visit.
11.609 requires the team chair to submit to the JRCERT office, the completed and signed Report of Site Visit Team Findings within four (4) weeks of the site visit.
11.610 reserves the right to conduct unannounced site visits of accredited programs at program expense.

Procedures

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

11.601A

requires the site visit team to interview students.  The interviews may be conducted on the campus of the sponsor, on site at clinical setting(s), or via conference call or video conferencing.   

11.601B does not allow any interviews conducted by the site visit team to be recorded.
11.602A requires the site visit team to interview a clinical instructor/supervisor/preceptor from a representative sample of recognized clinical settings.  The interviews may be conducted either on campus of the sponsor, on site at clinical setting(s), or via conference call or video conferencing.
11.602B

directs the site visit team to visit any clinical setting to review the quality of the educational experience being provided or to investigate allegations of non-compliance with the relevant accreditation standards.

11.603A assigns site visitors for each scheduled program evaluation:
  i. considers the number of clinical settings in determining the number of site visitors;
  ii. requires a minimum of two (2) site visitors for each team, for programs with less than thirty (30) clinical settings.
  iii. requires a minimum of three (3) site visitors for each team for programs with thirty (30) or more clinical settings or more than seventy-five (75) students enrolled in the program.
  iv. assigns an educator and one site visitor being a practitioner as defined in 90.300, if the JRCERT is identified as the program's programmatic accreditor.
  v. assigns an academician and an administrator if the JRCERT is identified as the program's institutional accreditor.
  vi. requires at least one (1) site visitor identified as experienced in distance education for any program using distance education delivery of four (4) or more courses.
  vii. assigns a Team Chair or Team Member experienced with the type of program sponsor and the relevant discipline being visited.
11.603B requires site visits to be a minimum of two (2) days.
11.603C provides site visitors evaluating a program for continuing accreditation with documentation relating to the program’s accreditation history.
11.603D reassigns, when possible, one (1) member from the previous site visit team to the next scheduled on-site evaluation of a program with a status of Probationary Accreditation.
11.603E provides each site visit team member with a name badge to be worn at all times during on-site evaluation activities.
11.606A recognizes the prerogative of the program director to invite appropriate program officials to the pre-exit summation.
11.607A recognizes the prerogative of the sponsor to invite appropriate sponsor and program officials to the exit summation.
11.610A may schedule an unannounced site visit during the interval between an award of accreditation and the expiration of the accreditation award.

Cross References

10.400 Confidentiality of Accreditation Process/Activities
10.500 Conducting Concurrent Site Visits
10.600 Developing, Revising and ApplyingAccreditation Standards
10.800 Alternative Learning Options
11.000 Fees for Accreditation Services
11.200 Application/Self-Study Report
11.300 Report of Findings
11.400 Requirements for Sponsors of Accredited Programs
12.100 Change of Ownership Resulting In a Change of Ownership
50.100 Director and Employee Site Visit Participation
50.700 Functions and Responsibilities
80.100 Conflict of Interest
80.200 Integrity of the Accreditation Process
80.300 Public Interest and Public Representation
90.300 Site Visitor/Apprentice - Qualifications and Terms of Appointment/Reappointment
90.500 Site Visit Team - Responsibilities of

Adopted by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology:  04/04
Revised:  04/07; 10/11

Cross References:

10.400 Confidentiality of Accreditation Process/Activities
10.500 Conducting Concurrent Site Visits
10.600 Developing, Revising and Applying Accreditation Standards
10.800 Alternative Learning Options
11.000 Fees for Accreditation Services
11.200 Application/Self-Study Report
11.300 Report of Findings
11.400 Requirements for Sponsors of Accredited Programs
12.100 Change of Ownership Resulting In a Change of Ownership
50.100 Director and Employee Site Visit Participation
50.700 Functions and Responsibilities
80.100 Conflict of Interest
80.200 Integrity of the Accreditation Process
80.300 Public Interest and Public Representation
90.300 Site Visitor/Apprentice - Qualifications and Terms of Appointment/Reappointment
90.500 Site Visit Team - Responsibilities of

Adopted by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology:  04/04
Revised:  04/07; 10/11; 04/15; 04/16