qualify for the credentialing exam. Many
imaging administrators hold an associate’s degree in an imaging science modality from a community college. Some have
a bachelor’s degree in radiologic sciences,
health sciences, business, or another
related subject and some administrators
also hold a master’s degree, particularly
a master of business administration or a
master of health administration degree. 19
Many administrative positions in this
field do not currently have formal educational opportunities specific to imaging sciences, due to limited offerings.
Higher education can be in a position
to serve the under-addressed aspects of
specific curriculum for novice imaging
The credential for imaging administrators, the CRA, like the credentials in
other allied health areas has the support
of professional organizations including
ASRT and AHRA. The CRA differs educationally from other credentialing exams
in allied health because the CRA exam
was the product of changing healthcare
delivery systems and not the result of a
technological advance. Curricula in this
field would complement health services
administration programs most closely,
but could be adapted to other higher education business programs as well. Courses
would include specific content modeling
the CRA domains: asset resource management, communication/information
management, fiscal management, human
resource management, and operations
management. In addition to imaging
specific courses, the curricula would also
include healthcare law and general health
services related to finance, administration, and policy. It could also encompass
epidemiology, US healthcare delivery,
global health systems, and a practicum.
More qualified candidates for the
CRA exam are now earning the credential
than at any other time since its inception.
AHRA is increasing and retaining more
active members, positioning themselves
through networking and professional
development in response to the strong
outlook in this position. The aging of
the largest generation in US history will
increase the demand for imaging services
as well as the demand to replace retir-
ing administrators of this generation.
Institutes of higher education need to
address and support the curricula and
programs needed for this growing field.
And administrators must identify future
leaders to guide toward these educational
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Dr. Carole South-Winter served for 13 years as program
director of one of the largest nuclear medicine
technology programs at Southeast Technical Institute,
as the interim Director of Education for AHRA,
Executive Director for Reclaiming Youth International,
a radiology oncology director, and currently is an
assistant professor in the School of Health Sciences at
the University of South Dakota. She has been active
with many societies and organizations dealing with
administration, education, and imaging sciences and
continues to lecture and write at local, state, national,
and international levels.