The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, www.jrcert.org, requires that the program provide disclosure statements concerning several important program considerations. Each of these may have significance in the choice of Radiography as a career option. These disclosures are for information purposes only and will not be used as a basis for admission to the program. The American Registry of Radiologic Technology has established specific ethical guidelines for eligibility to the national Board examination. These standards have also been adopted by the New Jersey Board of X-ray Examiners for licensure eligibility. If you have a concern regarding the ETHICAL STANDARDS, please contact the department chairman, Professor James M. Ferrell.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, ARRT, and New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners require that an individual meet an ethical standard of “good moral character”. Any violations of the “Standards of Ethics” MUST be reviewed by both agencies prior to the Board Examination. The ARRT published a statement concerning “Criminal Convictions”. The text is quoted below:
“When determining eligibility for examination, the ARRT requires the applicant to be of good moral character. The ARRT establishes a guideline for this criterion in the Standards of Ethics. Any violation of the Standards, either past or present, must be reviewed in order to determine if the inappropriate activity is indicative of the character of the applicant and may be a predictor of future behavior.
A conviction of a felony or a misdemeanor is considered to be a violation of Rule 3 of the Standards of Ethics. Any criminal proceeding where a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, (no contest), is entered, or a finding of guilty is made or returned but the adjudication of guilt is withheld or not entered, is considered to be a conviction for ARRT purposes.
An activity that may be a felony in one jurisdiction may be a misdemeanor in a another jurisdiction, and a traffic infraction in another. In order to provide all registrants a fair and equal review of a possible violation, all convictions are required to be reported.
Students should be informed of the ethics requirement at or before their enrollment in the educational program. Since the violation must be cleared before the applicant can be assigned to an examination, the ARRT encourages early review so that there is no delay at the time of graduation. In some situations, students have completed a program, only to be found permanently ineligible for examination because of the seriousness of the conviction(s). Students may not be eligible for examination if they are under certain conditions of the courts. These conditions include but are not limited to; suspended sentence, stay of sentence, conditional discharge, non reporting probation and reporting probation or parole. Students or potential students may contact the ARRT to request a pre – application review form at any time. The Standards of Ethics provides details of the procedures used in the review process and can be found on the ARRT website at: www.arrt.org.
The pre-application must be requested directly from the ARRT. This request should be made to the following address:
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St Paul, Minnesota, 55120-1155
Telephone : (612) 687-0048