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.