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Category B credits phasing out.

Significant changes are coming your way in the continuing education arena. On Jan. 1, 2008, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists no longer will accept Category B credit as part of the 24 credits required to renew your registration each biennium. The following information will help you understand how to prepare for the upcoming change.

What Does the Category B Phase-out Mean to R.T.s?

Quite simply, it means that all credits completed after Jan. 1, 2008, to meet the ARRT's CE requirements must be Category A credit that has been assigned to an activity approved by a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM). Activities with approval from an organization other than a RCEEM will not be accepted.

What Is a RCEEM?

The ARRT accepts CE activities approved by RCEEMs--groups or organizations that evaluate the content and quality of CE activities. A RCEEM must be national in scope, nonprofit and based in the radiologic sciences. The ASRT is a RCEEM. Together, the 11 organizations listed below are authorized by the ARRT to evaluate and approve Category A credit activities. Category A approval from any of these RCEEMs is accepted by the ARRT:

* American College of Radiology.

* American Healthcare Radiology Administrators.

* American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

* American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.

* American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

* Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists.

* Radiological Society of North America.

* Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists.

* Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

* Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section.

* Society for Vascular Ultrasound.

More often than not, R.T.s do not understand the difference between Category A and Category B approved activities. Here's how to differentiate between the two types of credits:

Category A credit is assigned to an educational activity that has been evaluated and approved by one of the 11 RCEEMs. Currently, R.T.s must obtain at least 12 Category A credits each biennium to complete their required 24 credits. The remainder of the credits can be Category B credits until Jan. 1, 2008. After that date all 24 credits must be Category A credits.

Category B credit is assigned to an educational activity that meets the ARRT definition of a CE activity, but has not been evaluated and approved by one of the ARRT-recognized RCEEMs. An example of a Category B credit is an activity that has been approved by the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Credentialing Council or the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. R.T.s can claim up to 12 Category B credits until Jan. 1, 2008. Thereafter, all 24 CE credits must be Category A credits.

What Is the Definition of a CE Activity?

According to the ARRT, it is "A learning activity that is planned, organized and administered to enhance the professional knowledge and skills underlying the professional performance that a technologist uses to provide services for patients, the public or the medical profession. In order to qualify as continuing education, the activity must be planned, organized and provide sufficient depth and scope of a subject area."

Information for CE Activity Sponsors

The phaseout of Category B credits also affects CE sponsors because as the deadline approaches more R.T.s will ask if an activity is approved for Category A credit. R.T.s still can claim Category B credit if the credit is earned before Jan. 1, 2008. Sponsors should plan ahead by sending a Request for Approval packet to the ASRT well in advance of the activity date. The ASRT requests 30 business days to process a live lecture activity and 45 business days for self-learning activities. Activities must be submitted before the presentation date. Visit the ASRT Web site at > Continuing Education > Submit an Activity for Approval for more information and to access the Request for Approval packet. Be proactive and plan ahead!

How Many CE Activities Does the ASRT Review?

The ASRT Continuing Education Department evaluates more than 1,000 requests for approval of Category A CE activities each month on average.

By Dana Aragon, R.T.(R)(M), Continuing Education Reviewer
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Date:Jun 1, 2007
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