Professional accreditation is the process by which the profession ensures that the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of the profession continue to provide the academic background, clinical experience and research skills necessary for professional practice. It is the responsibility of the profession to ensure that the highest standards of practice exist, underpinned by appropriate education programmes. As the professional body representing diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy, the IIRRT has established a programme of quinquennial professional accreditation. Accreditation gives a mark of quality to a programme regarding:
- Competence to practice diagnostic imaging or radiation therapy at an acceptable entry level for the Irish context;
- Competence in the theory underpinning radiography/ radiation therapy practice;
- Competence to participate in and initiate research into their practice providing an evidence base for the discipline.
and thus gives confidence to students embarking on these courses that they are quality assured. The IIRRT strongly recommend that members only choose accredited courses for their educational needs to ensure the highest standards across the profession.
There are currently three institutions in Ireland that offer undergraduate or postgraduate certified education programmes specific to diagnostic imaging or radiation therapy, although additional institutions can be added at any time as appropriate. They are as follows:
- Diagnostic Imaging, School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin.
- Division of Radiation Therapy, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin.
- Division of Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin.
Current Accredited Programmes
At present the following programmes have successfully obtained accreditation from the IIRRT:
Radiography, University College Dublin (Bachelor of Science, four year undergraduate degree programme in Radiography )
Radiation Therapy, Trinity College Dublin (four year undergraduate degree programme in Radiation Therapy)
MSc Computed Tomography, UCD
MSc Magnetic Resonance Imaging, UCD
To Obtain Accreditation
The IIRRT accreditation process involves an external expert team assessing a programme during a site visit and through the provision of course documentation. To commence the accreditation process contact the IIRRT by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for further information