OCC Radiography Program Awarded Eight-year Accreditation
The Olney Central College Radiography Program has been awarded an eight-year accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
“We are very happy to receive this,” said Radiography Director Carol Kocher. “It is good to receive that acknowledgement and to get that stamp of approval. The idea of accreditation is to make sure the program is always improving and we are continually looking for ways to become better. Everyone benefits from that.”
The Radiography Program originally received a five-year accreditation in 2013 following a site visit. At that time, JRCERT officials noted the accreditation could be extended if a few minor recommendations were implemented.
Kocher, Clinical Coordinator Lisa Rauch and Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Tammy Fralicker worked together to implement the changes, which included revisions to a few specific policies to reflect the intent of the revised JRCERT Standards.
“It is not unusual after a site visit to be asked to send in additional documentation to have the accreditation extended,” Kocher said. “We submitted additional documentation as evidence the program is in total compliance with JRCERT Standards; we did what they asked and they extended our accreditation to eight years, which is the maximum awarded.”
Kocher noted maintaining JRCERT accreditation is essential for the program and its students.
“To sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) primary certification exam, students have to graduate from an accredited program,” Kocher said.
Most states require radiologic technologists to be ARRT credentialed.
“It says that person meets and demonstrates the required skills,” Kocher said. “Having an ARRT credentialed Radiologic Technologist should put the patient’s mind at ease. It demonstrates that a person knows what they are doing and can take care of you.”