Radiology Technician Certification

Pursuing a career as a Radiology Technician is a smart move when you wish to work in a high-demand medical field.  The demand for these technicians is expected to grow in the coming years, and when you have a number of opportunities for advancement, you can really find no better medical specialty.

Radiology employs the use of imaging technology to provide visual images of structures within the body. There are six key technologies in use which are:

  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray radiography
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Each technology has its own certification procedures. However, your first goal will be to become certified as a Radiology Technician. After that, you can continue your education in these other fields if so desired.

Licensing and Certification

Radiology Technicians (or Radiologic technologists) must get certified or licensed in most states in the U.S. The requirements vary by state. Usually required is graduation from an accredited program, and then passing a certification exam. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) provides examinations. You can find out your state’s requirements by contacting the Health Board in your state.

For those embarking on a career as a Radiology Technician, it is important to know all the aspects required for certification. This certification ensures you are recognized as a person who satisfies certain criteria within the profession. Anyone who is going to hire you, as well as state licensing agencies and federal regulators, is going to look for your ARRT certification so they know you meet high standards.

How Exactly Does ARRT Fit In?

ARRT stands for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and was formed to promote high standards of patient care. ARRT recognizes qualified individuals in medical imaging, radiation therapy and interventional procedures. This is the largest credentialing organization in the country. They administer tests and help applicants with continuing education for annual registration.

Getting certified assures you meet certain standards within a profession. With national standards of operation in any particular medical field, the care and competence can be certain to be of the safest quality. State agencies, employers and federal regulators are concerned that only the best technicians get jobs where patients’ lives are at stake. Eligibility requirements for certification include:

  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Examination

Education Requirements for ARRT Certification

For those who are embarking on a career in Radiology, there are certain educational requirements to get certified. Candidates must be able to demonstrate their competence in a specific list of clinical procedures in radiologic technology. The applicant must have successfully completed an accredited education program within the last five years. In the beginning of 2015, it will be required that the applicant has earned an academic degree from the educational program.

The agency that has provided the accreditation to the educational program is important as well. ARRT accepts usually only those accreditation agencies which are recognized by CHEA or USDE.

Ethics Requirements for ARRT Certification

Each applicant must have good moral character and must agree to comply with the ARRT rules and regulations that govern certain standards of ethics. The person must not have engaged in any conduct inconsistent with ARRT’s rules of ethics. This means that the candidate cannot have been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor or been involved with certain criminal procedures. Of course, the applicant for certification must disclose whether they have ever had certification, licensure or registration subjected to discipline by any agency.

Examination Requirements for ARRT Certification

The ARRT exam assesses the applicant’s knowledge and cognitive skills. The person must show that they can intelligently perform tasks that would be required of an entry-level technician. The candidate must send in their application at least three months prior to graduation from the accredited program they attend. The correct application fee must be included when the application is sent.

The applicant, although not given a specific list of study materials or books, can find an outline of the topics covered in the exam by contacting ARRT. The student will be able to find study guides available on the Internet, but none of these are endorsed by the ARRT.

The individual who is found to be eligible by ARRT will receive a CSR (Candidate Status Report) which will detail their status and give information about how to schedule an exam. The person is allowed 90 days to get the exam scheduled and take it.

Once certified, the Radiology Technician has the world open to them. They can work in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers or physicians’ offices. Job prospects are great and opportunities abound to increase the level of knowledge in this thriving field of medical care.


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