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ARRT Bridge Program

ARRT BRIDGE PROGRAM

The Purpose 
This program is for the Technologist who is interested in career advancement by becoming certified and registered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists via the MRI Primary Pathway Exam, the DMS Primary Pathway Exam or through means of Advanced Placement.
 
Why Is Casa Loma College Offering This Opportunity?
You stand out among job applicants by earning the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists-ARRT Credentials. While many MRI Technologists have obtained their ARMRIT Certification, and most Sonographers their RDMS Certification, these certifications are not as widely accepted among imaging centers and hospitals. ARRT is the gold standard within the healthcare field.
 
In order to sit for the ARRT examination, candidates must complete an ARRT approved educational program in the discipline you are applying for certification and earn an Associate or higher degree prior to taking your ARRT examination. 
 
If you graduated from an MRI or DMS Programs that did not offer an Associate Degree, or you do not currently possess an Associate or higher degree or the agency accrediting your schools program was not approved by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, then this Bridge Program is for you. 
In July 2014, Casa Loma College’s accrediting agency, the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) was approved by ARRT. Therefore, Casa Loma College’s MRI and DMS Programs were recognized by ARRT. Our graduates are eligible for the MRI Primary Pathway Exam and DMS Primary Pathway Exam; additionally, candidates of any MRI or DMS Program have the potential to gain eligibility through Advanced Placement with Casa Loma College. 
Upon completion of Casa Loma College’s ARRT Bridge Program, students will earn an Associate of Science Degree in Magnetic Resonance Imaging or Diagnostic Medical Sonography and be eligible to sit for ARRT certification.
Outlined below are the options available to assist you in obtaining ARRT eligibility through Casa Loma College.
 
Two Ways of Achieving ARRT Eligibility
There are two means of achieving ARRT Certification eligibility through Casa Loma College – Primary Pathway and Advanced Placement. Regardless of the method, candidates for ARRT certification and registration are required to meet both Casa Loma College’s MRI or DMS Program Requirements and the ARRT Professional Education Requirements for Didactic and Clinical Competency, and requirements for Ethics and the Examination. 
 
Degree Requirement
Candidates who completed their program of study after December 31, 2014 are subject to the Associates Degree requirement. The degree must be from an institution recognized by ARRT. The degree does not have to be in radiologic sciences and can be earned before entering the educational program or after completion of the program.
 
Three Year Limit on ARRT Eligibility
Candidates completing an educational program in 2013 and beyond have three years to establish eligibility.
 
Those who completed educational programs by the end of 2012 have five years to establish eligibility for ARRT certification and registration.
You have three years after completing our ARRT approved program to establish eligibility and apply for ARRT certification and registration. 
 
MRI and DMS Primary Pathway
Eligibility for ARRT primary pathway certification and registration includes requirements in three important areas: ethics, education and examination.
 
Candidates must demonstrate competency in an ARRT-specified list of clinical procedures (clinical competency requirements) and complete relevant coursework (didactic requirements) in the discipline of MRI or DMS. These must have been met in an ARRT approved program.
Candidates must show they can perform all mandatory requirements and a percentage of elective requirements. 
 
MRI
  • Seven mandatory general patient care activities
  • Eight mandatory MRI safety requirements
  • 17 mandatory MRI procedures 
  • 10 electives to be selected from a list of 25 procedures
  • Seven mandatory quality control tests
 
DMS
  • Seven mandatory general; patient care procedures
  • Four mandatory scanning techniques
  • 22 mandatory imaging procedures
  • Five elective imaging procedures selected from a list of 16 procedures
     
  1. ARRT Clinical Competencies not included and/or performed in your program of study must be performed and passed.
    • If currently working as an MRI or DMS Technologist the competencies can be performed at your place of employment and signed off by your Supervisor (MRI or DMS Technologist) or by Casa Loma College  MRI or DMS Program Director or Faculty 
    • If you are not currently employment, the Clinical Placement Coordinator will assist you with placement into a facility. 
 
MRI and DMS Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement is a good option if you want to earn ARRT Certification but cannot because:
  1. You are a graduate of an MRI or DMS Program that was not accredited by an agency approved by ARRT.
  2. You do not have an Associates or higher degree. 
  3. You became ineligible for certification as a result of three unsuccessful testing attempts within three years.
  4. You became ineligible for ARRT certification because your time period for eligibility has expired.
 
Advanced Placement enters you into a program beyond the normal entry level. To qualify for Advanced Placement:
 
  1. You must have previously completed an educational program in MRI or DMS.
  2. The Program Director evaluates the candidate’s current knowledge and skills using the same didactic and clinical competency evaluation methods employed for regular students. 
  3. ARRT Clinical competency requirements are met at the candidate’s place of employment while didactic ARRT requirements would be completed through Casa Loma College MRI or DMS Program courses/exams.
  4. Didactic competency evaluation involves the administration of written examinations to assess whether the candidates has mastered the subject matter. Completion of the final exam for each MRI or DMS Core course is a minimum requirement.
    • Candidates are given on opportunity to take and pass the exam at 78%.
    • Candidates who fail any of the didactic assessments are required to take the course.
  5. Clinical competency evaluation involves actual performance of radiologic technology procedures. Assessment of clinical skills and procedure competency follows the same evaluation criteria utilized in Casa Loma College’s programs.  
 
MRI Program Didactic Assessments
  1. ANA 101 and 102 Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  2. MRI 120 and 121 MRI Cross Sectional Anatomy I and II
  3. MRI 200A and  200B MRI Imaging and Procedures 
  4. MRI 101 & 102 MRI Physics and Instrumentation I and II
  5. BIO 121 Medical Terminology
  6. CDV 100 Professional Development (students will be required to submit professional portfolio)
 
DMS Program Didactic and LAB Assessments
  1. ANA 201 and 202 – Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  2. DMS 210 Fundamentals of Sonography & Abdominal and Small Parts, and
    • DMS 210 LAB Competencies
  3. DMS 220 Professional Aspects of Sonography and Obstetrics and Gynecology, and
    • DMS 220 LAB Competencies
  4. DMS 230 Patient Sonographer Interaction and Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound, and
    • DMS 230 LAB Competencies
  5. DMS 240 Patient Care for Sonographers and Physical Principles and Instrumentation, and
    • DMS 240 LAB Competencies

Candidates must pass both the didactic and lab component of each course to pass the course.

 
MRI and DMS Clinical Competency Assessment
  1. Candidate must take  one semester of program externship
    • MRI 182 – 560 hours
    • DMS 260 – 400 hours 
  2. Competencies must be proved in all required clinical procedures as defined by ARRT’s clinical competency requirements and any Casa Loma College MRI or DMS program requirements above and beyond those of ARRT.
  3. Program Director or Clinical Placement Coordinator will base assessments on procedures they actually witness performed at facility. If currently working at imaging facility, supervisor may observe and sign-off
  4. If student does not pass all required competencies, student will be required to take additional externship hours. This will be determined by the Program Director and Clinical Placement Coordinator and based on your previous performance. 
 
Additional Requirements for Primary Pathway and Advanced Placement
In addition to the requirements for Primary Pathway or Advanced Placement, candidates are required to take:
 
General Education
“General Education Courses provide a foundation that supports the evolving role of the technologist and the lifelong learning abilities necessary to address continuing technological changes. The quantitative skills, communication skills, and understanding of human behavior that you’ll acquire through general education classes will help you shape and advance the Registered Technologist’s role in health care.” (ARRT)
 
All candidates, regardless of degree status, are required to fulfill the general education requirements of Casa Loma College MRI and DMS Programs. Transfer credit is available for general education courses if course is equivalent in academic content, credit hours and quality of course. Transfer credit must be requested in the Admissions Office and is evaluated with submission of an official transcript.
 
Candidates must also take:
 
MRI
  • MRI 132 MRI Patient Care and Management
  • MRI MRR 300 Course and Clinical App Review
  • Pass the ARRT MRI Mock Exam
 
DMS
  • DMS SPI Review and pass the SPI Mock Exam
  • DMS 300 Program Review 
  • Pass the DMS ARRT Mock Exam
 
Getting Started
 
Requirements
  • Qualify under Primary Pathway or Advanced Placement 
  • Make appointment with the Admissions Office
  • Take the TABE Admissions Exam
  • Submit Official Transcripts to the Admissions Office
  • Submit copies of MRI or DMS Program Clinical Competency completions to Admissions Office
  • Program Director performs an initial assessment on didactic knowledge of subject matter
    o Candidates are required to take all final assessments for courses listed in “Advanced Placement Requirements”
 
Assessment Exam Resources
Casa Loma College will provide course syllabus for all courses in which a final assessment is required. 
 
Textbook titles and ISBN Numbers will be provided for books utilized in the final assessment courses; however, students are responsible for purchasing textbooks, if so desired. 
 
Enrollment into the ARRT Bridge Program
Upon completion of your didactic assessment, the Program Director will determine which classes will receive credit and which classes will need to be taken. Once your entry point is determined, your academic plan will be created and you will meet with Financial Aid.  
 
Financial Aid is available for those candidates that enroll and qualify. Candidates will also have access to private lending. Information for both is available in the Financial Aid Office.
 
Advanced placement candidates are required to complete program requirements such as background check, drug test, CPR card, vaccinations, malpractice insurance, etc.
 
Time Frame for Completion of Program
Each candidate will be assessed individually. Candidates required to take classes will be dropped into the next available class/s offered. Because each candidates schedule is individualized, a time frame cannot be determined until the academic plan is created. 
 
Once the candidate has satisfactorily met all didactic and clinical components of the ARRT Bridge Program, the Program Director will sign the Endorsement Section of the Application for Certification and Registration documenting graduate has met Didactic and Clinical Competency Requirements of ARRT.
 
Upon Completion of ARRT Bridge Program
Upon completion of Casa Loma College’s ARRT Bridge Program, Candidates will receive an Associate of Science Degree in either Magnetic Resonance Imaging or Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
 
Information from ARRT
 
Before You Apply
 
Preparing Your Application
  • Obtain an application for ARRT certification and registration from your program director.
  • Complete the application, paying close attention to all questions and details.
  • Ask your Program Director to complete his or her portion on your application form.
  • If you have a disability that falls under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and you require accommodations at the test center, submit
  • a formal request at the same time you submit your application for certification and registration. After we assign your exam window, you will not be allowed to submit a request for testing accommodations. 
  • Mail your application form and fee to ARRT in the envelope provided in your application packet. You may mail your application up to three months before you expect to complete your education program.
 
After ARRT Processes Your Application
  • We’ll alert your Program Director that it’s time to verify you’ve completed your program. (If you’ve already completed your program, we’ll request verification right away; if you haven’t, we’ll send a notice about two weeks before you graduate.)
  • We’ll send you a Candidate Status Report, which contains instructions for scheduling your exam.
 
Scheduling and Taking Your Exam
  • You’ll have 365 days to schedule and complete your exam after we process your application.
  • You must complete your exam at a Pearson VUE Test Center on your scheduled exam date. (If you need to reschedule, be sure to do so in advance.)
 
Exam Results
  • You’ll receive a preliminary score at the test center after you complete your exam (this isn’t your final score).
  • ARRT will mail your official score report within two to three weeks after you complete the exam.