Accreditation FAQ

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about accreditation.

Accreditation is the process of assessing educational programs of study and the education providers that provide those programs to ensure that the provider and program produce graduates who have the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to competently practise in the profession.

The Medical Radiation Practice Accreditation Committee (Accreditation Committee) is the accreditation authority for medical radiation practice under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). See accreditation authorities under the National Law for further information.

The Accreditation Committee was established by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (the Board) under the National Law.

The Accreditation Committee:

  • develops accreditation standards for approval by the Board
  • assesses programs of study and education providers against the accreditation standards approved by the Board 
  • makes decisions about accreditation of programs of study, and 
  • monitors approved programs of study and education providers to ensure the Accreditation Committee continues to be satisfied those programs and providers meet the accreditation standards.

Accreditation standards are used to assess whether a program of study, and the education provider that provides the program of study, provides graduates of the program with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to practise the profession. See accreditation standards for more information.

The accreditation standards used to assess medical radiation practice programs of study and education providers can be viewed on the Board’s accreditation webpage.

An approved program of study qualifies a graduate to apply for registration as a health practitioner. Programs of study are approved by the Board.

The Board publishes the list of approved programs of study on its website.

The Accreditation Committee assesses education providers and programs against the accreditation standard and decides whether or not to accredit the provider and program. The Board considers the Accreditation Committee’s decision and their report and decides whether or not to approve an accredited program as a qualification for registration as a medical radiation practitioner. 

 

For education providers

An education provider must apply to the Accreditation Committee for assessment. The Accreditation Committee appoints a team of trained assessors to assess the education provider and program against the accreditation standards. This includes evaluating the application and visiting sites where the education provider delivers the program, including some clinical sites. The assessment team reports its assessment findings to the Accreditation Committee.

The Accreditation Committee considers the assessment team report and decides whether (or not) to accredit the program (with or without conditions).

If the Accreditation Committee decides to accredit a program of study (with or without conditions), it gives the Board a report about its accreditation decision. The Board then decides whether it will approve, or refuse to approve, the accredited program of study as leading to a qualification for registration.

The Board publishes a list of approved programs of study.

When a program of study is accredited with conditions, it means the Accreditation Committee has decided that, on the basis of the assessment team’s findings:

  • the program and education provider have substantially (but not fully) met the accreditation standards, and
  • imposing conditions will ensure all accreditation standards are met within a reasonable time.

The Accreditation Committee will advise the education provider about what types of reports are required to demonstrate compliance with the conditions and when any reports are due.

An education provider that has changed, or plans to change, a program that is on the Board’s list of approved programs must notify the Accreditation Committee about the change. Contact the Accreditation Unit for more information. 

An education provider must complete the application form for accreditation of a medical radiation practice program and submit the form plus all required documents to the Accreditation Unit. For further information, see the Medical Radiation Practice Accreditation Committee Application information page.

Education providers pay two types of accreditation fees - accreditation assessment fees and annual accreditation fees. The Accreditation Committee sets these fees on a cost recovery basis and submits them to the Board for approval.

For more information, see the Accreditation Committee’s Application information page.

 

Any education provider that wants a program to be accredited must advise the Accreditation Committee as soon as possible. This includes education providers that are planning to start new programs.

Under the National Law, the Accreditation Committee must monitor each approved program of study to ensure it continues to be satisfied the program and provider meet the accreditation standards.

The Accreditation Committee will advise each provider directly about what reports it needs to submit to the Committee.

For more information, see section 11 of Accreditation process: medical radiation practice.

The Accreditation Committee does not accredit programs for a set period. Instead, a program only continues to be accredited if the Accreditation Committee continues to be satisfied that the program and provider continue to meet the accreditation standards.

This will depend on the team’s assessment of the education provider’s application and supporting evidence. The Assessment Team will assess the written application and advise the Accreditation Unit of any information it requires the provider to submit before, or at, the site visit. The Accreditation Unit will then advise the provider of details and negotiate a detailed schedule for the site visit, including people to meet and locations to visit.

 

For students and the profession

One of the pathways to qualify for registration is to hold a qualification from an approved program of study.

See programs of study approved by the Board. The Accreditation Committee operates separately from the Board and does not deal with registration issues.

No. There is a separate process with specific registration standards that must be met when you apply for registration as a health practitioner.

For more information about the graduate registration process, visit the Graduate Applications page on the AHPRA website.

The Accreditation Committee started to assess education providers and programs under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act as in force in each state and territory (National Law) in 2014. The National Law requires the Committee to assess an education provider and program against the Accreditation standards; Medical radiation practice (accreditation Standards) and decide whether or not to accredit the relevant program. If the assessment finds the accreditation standards are substantially met, the Committee may impose conditions on the accreditation to enable the education provider and program to meet the outstanding standards in a reasonable time.

The Accreditation Committee has accredited the following programs:

  • Monash University Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging (Honours) 
  • University of South Australia Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) 
  • University of South Australia Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) (Honours) 
  • University of South Australia Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) 
  • University of South Australia Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) (Honours) 
  • University of South Australia Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine) 
  • University of South Australia Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine) (Honours)
  • Queensland University of Technology Bachelor of Medical Imaging 
  • Queensland University of Technology Bachelor of Medical Imaging (Honours)
  • University of Sydney Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) 
  • University of Sydney Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) (Honours) 

The Accreditation Committee has accredited the following programs with the imposition of conditions:

  • Central Queensland University Bachelor of Medical Imaging 
  • Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) 
  • Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) (Honours) 
  • Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine) 
  • Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine) (Honours) 
  • Curtin University Bachelor of Science (Medical Imaging Science)
  • Curtin University Bachelor of Science (Medical Radiation Science) Medical Imaging
  • Curtin University Bachelor of Science (Medical Radiation Science) Medical Imaging (Honours)
  • Curtin University Bachelor of Science (Medical Radiation Science) Radiation Therapy
  • Curtin University Bachelor of Science (Medical Radiation Science) Radiation Therapy (Honours)
  • Deakin University Bachelor of Medical Imaging
  • Monash University Master of Radiation Therapy
  • Queensland University of Technology Bachelor of Radiation Therapy 
  • RMIT University Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) Medical Imaging 
  • RMIT University Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) Nuclear Medicine 
  • RMIT University Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) Radiation Therapy
  • University of Canberra Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging)
  • University of Canberra Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) (Honours)
  • University of Canberra Master of Medical Imaging  
  • University of Newcastle Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Diagnostic Radiography) 
  • University of Newcastle Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Nuclear Medicine) 
  • University of Newcastle Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Radiation Therapy)
  • University of Sydney Master of Diagnostic Radiography

The Accreditation Committee has accredited the following programs until 31 March 2019, with the imposition of conditions:

  • Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) 
  • Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy) (Honours)

The Committee provides a report on each accreditation decision to the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA) and the MRPBA decides whether or not to approve the accredited program as providing a qualification suitable for registration. Some programs transitioned as MRPBA approved programs when medical radiation practice joined the national registration and accreditation scheme in July 2012. If an education provider is no longer accepting new enrolments to a program that transitioned as MRPBA approved, it is referred to as being 'in teach out'. If the education provider has advised that they will not be applying for assessment a program because it is in teach out, that program is not included in the Accreditation Committee’s schedule above. A list of MRPBA approved programs is published on the Approved programs of study page on the AHPRA website.

It could mean that your program is not currently approved by the Board. The Accreditation Committee operates separately from the Board and recommends that you direct your enquiry to the Board.

Some providers of programs which were not approved at the time that medical radiation practice transitioned into the National Scheme have advised the Accreditation Committee they will be applying for accreditation and Board approval under the National Law.

Not at this time. The Board has a separate committee that handles applications for registration from overseas qualified practitioners.

The Accreditation Committee establishes teams to assess education providers and programs of study against accreditation standards. Visit the Assessors page for information about assessment teams and the Accreditation Committee’s call for applications.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 22/06/2018