Since 2002, the CRA credential has validated excellence in imaging management. Today, more than 1100 professionals hold the only credential for medical imaging administration. The Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) credential was tailored specifically for medical imaging administrators. The examination focuses on five subject areas that are crucial to successful administration: human resource management, asset resource management, fiscal management, operations management, and communication and information management. The CRA program, including the examination, is managed by the Radiology Administration Certification Commission (RACC), a self-governing body created to maintain the credential’s integrity and relevance.
CRA’s 15th Anniversary
Listen to a message from Bette Drescher, RACC Chair, about the CRA’s 15th anniversary:
July 2017 marks the 15th anniversary of the CRA credential. We’ve created a website dedicated to this momentous occasion and will be incorporating a 15th Anniversary CRA logo into our communications. Additionally, CRAs from the inaugural 2002 Class will have special badge ribbons at the 2017 Annual Meeting, the RACC will be giving out coupons at the booth to bring the CRA test price for members to 2002 costs and raffling off 1 free CRA exam. At the 15th Anniversary CRA Reception in Anaheim, the RACC will have commemorative pins and drawings for crystal CRA paperweights for the CRA’s “Crystal Anniversary.”
In the most recent RACC annual elections held in October of 2016, Curtis R. Bush, CRA and Cindy M. Winter, CRA, FAHRA were elected to 3-year terms running from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019 and Bette Drescher, CRA was reelected to complete an unfinished term from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018, replacing outgoing commissioners Bruce Hammond, CRA, FAHRA and Anna Kinney, CRA.
RACC Public Member Sheryl Jackson was reappointed by the RACC to serve a second term as RACC Public Commissioner from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019.
In January, the RACC elected officers for 2017. Bette Drescher is the 2017 RACC Chair, Brenda DeBastiani is Vice Chair, and David Partridge is Secretary/Treasurer.
New CRA Exam Version
In May 2017, the latest CRA exam version was released. This version represents the completion of work begun in early 2016 to maintain the CRA exam’s relevancy and excellence. The item writing process is a periodic part of CRA exam maintenance which involved creating new questions for the exam, reviewing existing and new questions, setting a passing point, and reverifying the validity of the exam in conjunction with item writing experts and psychometricians from Castle Worldwide, Inc. The 2016 Item Writing work was headed by RACC commissioner Brenda DeBastiani with commissioners David Partridge and Chris Snyder and included 16 CRA volunteers who went through a training process and worked on authoring and reviewing new items for the exam.
In 2016, 75 individuals successfully completed the examination and earned the CRA credential for an end of year total of 1,174 CRAs and CRA-Retired.
See below for a chart of current CRAs, broken down by when they took the exam: