History of JRCNMT
The Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) was formed in the late 1960's by six professional organizations related to the newly forming profession of nuclear medicine technology. With the decrease in laboratory procedures, the two clinical laboratory collaborating agencies relinquished their relationship with the JRCNMT in 1994. Current collaborating agencies include the American College of Radiologists, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technologist Section.
The Essentials of an Accredited Educational Program for the Nuclear Medicine Technologist was originally adopted by the collaborating organizations in 1969. The Essentials was substantially revised in 1976, 1984, 1991, 1997 and 2003. In 2010 the Essentials was revised and the document renamed Accreditation Standards for Nuclear Medicine Technologist Education.
The JRCNMT, in collaboration with the AMA Council of Medical Education (CME), began accrediting educational programs for nuclear medicine technologists in 1970. In 1976, the CME delegated to the newly formed Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) the responsibility and authority for allied health education accreditation in collaboration with the respective review committees. Following the dissolution of CAHEA in 1994, the JRCNMT assumed the responsibilities for the accreditation of nuclear medicine technology programs as an independent accrediting agency.
Recognition by CHEA
Recognition by the United States Secretary of Education was granted upon initial application in 1974 through June, 2011. Recognition of the JRCNMT by a voluntary non-governmental agency was initiated in 1983 and continues today through the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA recognizes the JRCNMT as the authority to accredit nuclear medicine technology programs.
The JRCNMT is recognized by CHEA to accredit postsecondary nuclear medicine technology programs offering certificate, associate and baccalaureate degrees. Programs must be located in the territorial United States, its protectorates and possessions and may be offered in a traditional or distance education format.
The Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) and its collaborating organizations cooperate to establish, maintain and promote appropriate standards of quality for postsecondary educational programs in nuclear medicine technology to provide skilled, professional services to patients. Educational programs which meet or exceed these threshold standards are granted accreditation by the JRCNMT, providing public recognition of such achievement. The accreditation process provides documentation of periodic reviews to the institution's administration, public, student's parents, potential applicants, employers and applicable educational, regulatory and licensing bodies.