By Kimlyn N. Queen, MSM, CRA, RT(R), CT, MR
June 2011–If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies. – Author unknown
As a rule, change is often viewed as uncomfortable or unwelcome. However, as I sit here enjoying this beautiful, sun filled morning after enduring six weeks of non-stop rain, I am reminded that change can be positive and refreshing. Although the rain was challenging, it did wash away the winter blahs and leave behind the beautiful green of spring.
In keeping with that theme, the Radiology Administration Certification Commission (RACC) has recognized the need for change. As the 2011 RACC Chair, I am pleased to announce that after nine years of offering the Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) exam in paper and pencil format, just like spring, it is time for the RACC to turn green.
As of June 2011, the CRA exam will no longer be offered in the traditional paper and pencil format. This means the CRA exam will not be offered at this year’s AHRA Annual Meeting in August. Going forward, the CRA exam will continue to be offered as a computer based exam in the spring and fall.
In 2002, the first ever CRA exam was offered only in the paper and pencil format, with 236 candidates sitting for the exam. With the introduction of the computer based testing format in 2003, the candidates participating in the paper and pencil exam format dropped from 100% to 34.1%. That meant 65.9% of the CRA candidates preferred the ease and convenience of the computer based testing option.
Since 2003, the percentage of CRA candidates participating in the paper and pencil testing format has continued to decline. Between 2003 and 2010, an average of 23% of CRA candidates took the exam in the paper and pencil format, which is only offered at the AHRA Annual Meeting.
Based on the continued increase in CRA candidates preferring the computer based testing format over the traditional paper and pencil format, now is the perfect time to make a change. The next available CRA exam will be the fall administration offered November 1-30, 2011 at testing facilities across the United States.
If you would like more information about CRA testing dates or other CRA related topics please visit the CRA website at www.crainfo.org
Kimlyn N. Queen, MSM, CRA, RT (R) CT MR is 2011 Chair of the RACC and the director of imaging and cardiac cath services for Marion General Hospital in Marion, OH. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.