INA, Ill. – The radiologic technology program at Rend Lake College has received maximum accreditation from JRCERT, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. According to its website, JRCERT promotes excellence in education and elevates quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs in those fields.
Although the college’s spearhead was made up of RLC Vice President of Career-Technical Instruction Lisa Payne, Radiologic Technology Director Kim Robert, Clinical Coordinator Joanie Laughhunn and instructor Bria Robinson; Robert said a campus-wide effort accounted for the successful accreditation process.
“The entire college helped in some way,” she said. “Even if it was giving a tour to the site visitors or meeting with them.”
The JRCERT accreditation process takes a stringent look at programs and awards accreditation for those in “substantial” compliance with its standards, according to its website. While Robert said it is a proud achievement for the program, she also explained that it’s the students at RLC who get the most benefit from learning in a program accredited by JRCERT.
“We are proud because of all the work that we put into it,” she said. “It opens up doors for our students. It expands their career opportunities after RLC and qualifies them for potential scholarships if they choose to continue their education.”
JRCERT says its accreditation of an educational program provides students, as graduates, assurance that the educational program will provide them with the requisite knowledge, skills, and values to competently perform the range of professional responsibilities expected by potential employers nationwide. A JRCERT accreditation also assures they will be eligible for licensure in each of the 50 states, and that they will have the foundation knowledge to continue to develop as professionals in the various fields of the radiation sciences.
By requiring programs to teach the entire curriculum developed by the professional society, the American Society of Radiologic Technology
Rad Tech is in it’s fourth year at RLC and has so far enjoyed a high level of success from its students. After just five semesters, students graduate with an associate degree in applied science. The program is delivered through day and evening classes with some being offered online. A new certificate in Computed Tomography was introduced Spring 2010 and is available to students who are either ARRT registered, have an associate degree in radiologic technology, or both.
Call Robert at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1775 with any questions about Rad Tech at Rend Lake.