BLOOMINGTON, Minn., August 20, 2003 — Pearson VUE, the electronic testing business of Pearson Education, today announced it has signed a three-year contract with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to be the exclusive provider of computer-based ARRT certifying examinations. Beginning January 1, 2004, examinations will be delivered in the Pearson VUE-owned and -operated Pearson Professional Centers network of more than 200 test centers.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists promotes high standards of patient care in diagnostic medical imaging, interventional procedures and radiation therapy. The mission of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists is to promote high standards of patient care by recognizing qualified individuals in their field. The organization develops and administers examinations which assess the knowledge and skills underlying the intelligent performance of the tasks typically required by professional practice in the modality.
“We are very excited to be entering into a partnership with a company that displays a commitment to quality that parallels our own. We are confident that the high expectations held by ARRT for the administration of our certification tests will be realized with Pearson VUE,” said Jerry B. Reid., ARRT executive director.
A person achieves ARRT certification after completing educational preparation standards, complying with the ethical and character standards, and passing a certification exam.
“Candidates for ARRT certification deserve the best test experience we can provide for them. At the same time, ARRT needs a test center program that respects our systems and requirements. Our new arrangement with Pearson VUE promises to be a win-win situation,” said Ginny Haselhuhn, ARRT assistant executive director.
“ARRT was looking for some very specific solutions to complex exam needs, such as candidates needing to schedule for and take varying sections or modules within a multi-section exam. They also were interested in our fast test publishing turnarounds and a QA approach which makes it easier for ARRT staff to preview exams before they go live at test centers,” said Bob Whelan, Pearson VUE vice president and general manager. “Finally, they asked for a consistent program management approach which provides ARRT with continuity and clarity as to program details. Our ability to meet these needs, along with our high-quality, innovative test center network, provided a winning solution.”
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the electronic testing business of Pearson Education, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company. Pearson’s primary operations also include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.