Radiology Technician Careers: Credit and Background Checks
11 December 2009
To become a radiology technician, there are generally a few factors that may be important. In matters of education, generally speaking a two year accredited certificate, associate, or a baccalaureate program may be needed. Insofar as credit checks, this may by and large be dependent upon the school attended. Most schools for radiology technician careers involve being able to comply with ARRT Rules and Regulations and the ARRT Standards of Ethics. One aspect of this that is addressed is conviction of a crime. Reportable offenses that may cause a problem with becoming a radiology technician are drug and alcohol related offenses, felony, a gross misdemeanor, or a misdemeanor- the only exception to this are parking and speeding violations. Because of the nature of most procedures involved in the routine practice of a radiology technician involving a high level of patient vulnerability and trust, there are very rigid standards for ethics and morality, and certain criminal convictions will pose a potential threat to patient comfort or wellbeing.
While juvenile offenses are not considered a reportable offense, in order to become a radiology technician, you will have to be able to show a fairly high standard of moral and ethical conduct. Serious offenses that may cause a problem with becoming a radiology technician are, as follows, per the ARRT Standards: fraud, drug and alcohol related criminal offenses, military court martial involving drug and alcohol or sex related infractions and patient related infractions. Other criminal offenses that may play a role in being denied a career or education as a radiology technician are: failure to report criminal infractions, the individual being refused license, permit or registration in any medically related field, in any state, territory or country.
The ethical standards by which the American Registry of Radiologists operates is in fact, very strict, and yes, having a criminal background, depending on charge and conviction may play a key factor in determining if a student or potential radiology technician is able to actually obtain education for the field, let alone practice. There are some cases outlined which may be appealed, however, the above mentioned usually do not involve successful appeals, and in cases of fraud, sex based violence, breach of trust, or drug and alcohol related offenses, one may not be able to obtain education or practice as a radiology technician.
As far as credit is concerned, this plays a factor usually only in determining financial aid for education, unless the credit issue is one of fraud. If there is a criminal conviction involved with the credit concern, then again, both education and practice as a radiology technician may not be possible. In cases of credit concerns, often the issue seen is that of not being able to obtain the proper financing to complete the education requirements, and less an issue of ethical concern. To summarize, some criminal backgrounds may be appealed, however, certain convictions are simply not acceptable. Credit issues are generally an area that can be worked with or around to obtain financing, but in areas where fraud is a factor in the credit blemish, it may not be possible to appeal in this case, either.