Certification is the initial recognition of an individual who satisfies certain
standards within a profession. Employers, state licensing agencies, and federal
regulators look at the ARRT credential as an indication that a person has met a
recognized national standard for medical imaging, interventional procedures, and
radiation therapy professionals.
As outlined in ARRT's "Equation for Excellence," candidates for
ARRT certification must meet basic education, ethics, and examination requirements
to become eligible. The following sections outline the eligibility requirements
for all three areas. Please note that there is no such thing as "registry-eligible"
as far as the ARRT is concerned.
Education Requirements for ARRT Certification
Candidates pursuing primary pathway certification in
Nuclear Medicine Technology,
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or
must have — within the past
— successfully completed an
by a mechanism acceptable to the ARRT. Beginning on January 1, 2015, all candidates
for primary pathway certification must have earned an
before becoming certified.
ARRT recognizes only accreditation agencies that are recognized by CHEA and/or USDE. A list of accrediting agencies recognized by ARRT for the academic degree and professional education requirements is available here.
As part of their education, candidates must also demonstrate competency in didactic
coursework and an ARRT-specified list of clinical procedures by completing competency
requirements established for the discipline in which they are seeking certification.
* Candidates graduating from an educational program by December 31, 2012, will have five years to establish eligibility for ARRT certification, as opposed to the three years that is available to those who complete their program beginning January 1, 2013.
Candidates pursuing post-primary pathway certification in
Computed Tomography (CT),
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI),
Quality Management (QM),
Cardiac-Interventional (CI) Radiography,
Vascular-Interventional (VI) Radiography,
Vascular Sonography, or
must hold primary pathway registration with the ARRT (or in some cases, NMTCB or
ARDMS) in an appropriate discipline and document completion of specific clinical
Beginning January 1, 2016, candidates must also document completion of 16 hours of structured education. Learn more about
ARRT’s education requirements.
Candidates interested in becoming
Registered Radiologist Assistant (R.R.A.)
must be certified and registered in
and successfully complete a radiologist assistant (RA) educational program.
Learn more about R.R.A. Certification.
Ethics Requirements for ARRT Certification
Every candidate for certification must, according to ARRT governing documents, "be
a person of good moral character and must not have engaged in conduct that is inconsistent
with the ARRT Rules of Ethics," and they must "agree to comply with the
ARRT Rules and Regulations
ARRT Standards of Ethics." ARRT investigates all potential violations in
order to determine eligibility.
Issues addressed by the Rules of Ethics include convictions, criminal procedures,
or military court martials as described below:
- Criminal procedures resulting in a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest),
a verdict of guilty, withheld or deferred adjudication, suspended or stay of sentence,
or pre-trial diversion.
Juvenile convictions processed in juvenile court and minor traffic citations not
involving drugs or alcohol do not need to be reported.
Additionally, candidates for certification are required to disclose whether they
have ever had any license, registration, or certification subjected to discipline
by a regulatory authority or certification board (other than ARRT). Primary pathway
candidates must indicate any honor code violations that may have occurred while
they attended school.
Candidates becoming certified through the primary pathway may complete a
to determine their ethics eligibility prior to enrolling in or during their educational
Read all about
ARRT's ethics requirements.
Examination Requirements for ARRT Certification
After having met the education and ethics requirements, candidates for ARRT
certification must pass an ARRT examination, which assesses the knowledge and
cognitive skills underlying the intelligent performance of the tasks typically
required of staff technologists practicing at entry-level within the discipline.
Applications for primary pathway candidates are obtained through individual program directors. Certification handbooks are available online. Post-primary pathway candidates may submit their
applications online by logging into My ARRT Info.
If you don’t have access to My ARRT Info, are not using ARRT certification as a supporting category or would prefer to submit a paper application by mail, please contact the Initial Certification Department at (651) 687-0048, ext. 8560. When completing their application, candidates
should keep a few things in mind:
- Candidates for primary certification may mail their application up to three months
prior to their anticipated graduation date.
- All photos, signatures, and dates of signatures on an application form must occur
within the six months before the date the application is received at the ARRT office.
- Be sure to include the correct
The content specifications provide an outline of the topics covered in the exam.
Since ARRT uses many references to build its exams, it does not provide specific
lists of study materials or textbooks, nor does it recommend or endorse any review
programs, mock registries, or study guides.
Individuals who are determined eligible by ARRT will receive, via the USPS, a Candidate
Status Report (CSR) that details eligibility status and provides information on
scheduling an exam appointment within the 90-day window. The CSR also addresses
how to change an exam window or appointment, and how to prove identity at the test
Find out more about
ARRT’s exams, including details about
test centers, and how to request
Candidates are allowed three attempts to pass an exam, and they must complete the
three attempts within a three-year period
that begins with the initial ARRT examination window start date.
ARRT offers an easy way to publicly recognize a technologist's accomplishments
and promote a facility's commitment to quality — a news release template that can
be accessed easily, customized personally, and distributed locally.
Find out how easy it is to announce a newly earned certification.
Once you become certified, the Registered Technologist (R.T.) credential is maintained
through ongoing registration. R.T.s must agree to comply with the
ARRT Rules and Regulations
ARRT Standards of Ethics
each year, as well as meet the
Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal of Registration
every two years.
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