Eligibility and Disciplinary Policies
The educational program furnishes the candidates with an application and a copy of the Candidate Handbook and candidates are given an opportunity to ask questions pertaining to the examination, either in person or by e-mail.
The applications must be received on or before the due dates of the scheduled examination each year and the determination of accepting an application is based upon the post mark on the envelope containing the application. Late applications will be considered for the subsequent examination offering.
Applications are reviewed by the Executive Director for completion and the required signatures of the supervising radiologists and educational director of the academic program.
The candidate submitting an application that meets the requirements of the deadline date and completion of all sections of the application is notified of his/her acceptance to sit for the examination. The candidate is directed to use the content specifications for a study guide and a copy of a detailed study guide is also distributed to provide information as to the type of examination to expect.
Denial of Eligibility:
Candidates found to be ineligible are notified in writing with the reasons provided. The file is then closed.
The decision of ineligibility may be appealed to the Board of Directors.
An unfavorable decision by the Board of Directors may be appealed to a special hearing conducted by judge who hears mediation type cases.
The Board of Directors, in accordance with a due process procedure, may reject or deny an application, refuse renewal of a certificate or may revoke a certificate of any individual who does adhere to the Governing Documents of CBRPA or does not meet the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Professional Practice. Transgressions that may result in the revocation of a certificate are found in the Standards of Ethical Practice. The Board of Director’s shall also have the right to censure a registrant’s certificate or suspend a registrant’s certificate for such a period of time as deemed appropriate.
A complaint must be filed with the Board of Directors and the source can be an individual, a health care facility, or from public sources. Each complaint will be examined by the Board of Directors and collaborating information will be sought to verify the complaint. The individual who is the focus of the complaint will have an opportunity to respond to the complaint or charges. Based upon the information received the Board of Directors will reach a decision.
Any decision of the Board of Directors can be appealed to a special hearing conducted by a judge who hears mediation types of cases.
VIOLATION OF PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS
The Code of Ethics and the Standards of Practice establish professional behavioral standards that are mandatory and specific for all certified Radiology Practitioner Assistants. Because the public relies on certification to ensure proper and quality medical care and patient services, it is essential that all RPAs comply with the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Ethics. Violations of the standards of professional conduct may result in the revocation of the individual’s certificate. Examples of behaviors considered to be violations are listed below.
- Employing fraud or deceit in presenting an altered certification card or misrepresenting a certificate of registration.
- Subverting or attempting to subvert the examination process.
- Conviction of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor or a misdemeanor, with the exception of parking or speeding tickets.
- Failure or inability to perform tasks and responsibilities assigned to the individual with reasonable skill, safety and professional demeanor.
- Engaging and knowingly participating in any conduct that is a departure from established protocol in radiology practice, thereby creating a danger to the health, safety and welfare of a patient.
- Judged by a court of jurisprudence to be mentally incompetent, mentally ill, a chemically dependent person or a danger to the public.
- Engaging in conduct with a patient that is sexual or can be reasonably interpreted as being sexual in nature, including any verbal behavior that is seductive or demeaning.
- Revealing confidential information regarding a patient, except when required by law and failing to maintain adequate information in patient records.
- Providing false or misleading information related to the care of a patient.
- Providing false or deceptive information regarding the certificant’s training or education or the status of the certificate with CBRPA.