I don’t see the program I’m considering on the JRCNMT list.
The list on the website is current so if the program is not listed then it is not accredited by the JRCNMT. The program may be housed in an accredited school, college or university but the nuclear medicine technology program has not obtained JRCNMT accreditation.
Does the JRCNMT rank programs?
No, the JRCNMT does not rank programs. There are too many types of programs and no effective way to create a valid and useful ranking system.
Can I take the national certification examinations if I go to a non-accredited program?
Starting in 2017, only graduates of accredited nuclear medicine technology programs will be eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the Nuclear Medicine Technologist Certification Board. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists permits graduates of non-accredited programs to take their exam as long as the program is housed in a regionally or nationally accredited school, college or university.
What’s a degree or diploma mill and why should I watch out for them?
A degree mill is a questionable educational provider that offers degrees or certificates considered worthless by the professional community, often because the degree can be bought for little or no actual classroom instruction and/or clinical education. Such educational providers may invent an accrediting agency to list on their website in an attempt to give legitimacy to the institution or program or they may have paid an accreditation mill to give them accreditation without any evaluation process. Always use online resources such as those available on the website of CHEA or the U.S. Department of Education to ensure the legitimacy of educational institutions and accrediting agencies.
How do I find out more about a particular program I found on the JRCNMT list of accredited programs?
There is a link to each program’s website on the JRCNMT list of accredited programs. Program websites are the best place to find out more details such as prerequisites, application deadlines, etc. You may also contact the program by using the phone number provided.