Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certification
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.
ARRT has two pathways to Magnetic Resonance Imaging certification. In either case,
candidates must meet basic education, ethics, and examination requirements, as outlined
in ARRT's "Equation for Excellence", to become eligible. Note
that there is no such thing as "
registry-eligible" as far as the ARRT is concerned. Additional
eligibility details can be found in the Primary
Pathway Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certification Handbook and the Post-Primary Pathway Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certification Handbook.
Education Requirements for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certification
Candidates pursuing primary pathway certification in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
must have — within the past
three years* — successfully completed a Magnetic Resonance Imaging
educational program that is
by a mechanism acceptable to the ARRT. Beginning on January 1, 2015, all candidates
for primary pathway certification in MRI 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 the Magnetic
Resonance Imaging Didactic and Clinical Competency Requirements. New
competency requirements will go into effect beginning January 1, 2014.
* 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 Magnetic Resonance Imaging
must be registered with the ARRT in
Nuclear Medicine Technology (registration through NMTCB is also accepted),
or Sonography (registration
through ARDMS is also accepted). In addition, all candidates must document completion
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical Experience Requirements. New clinical experience requirements will go into effect beginning January 1, 2014.
Beginning January 1, 2016, candidates must also document completion of 16 hours of structured education. Learn more about ARRT’s education requirements.
Ethics Requirements for Magnetic Resonance Imaging 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
and the 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), as well as any
honor code violations that may have occurred while they attended school.
Candidates becoming certified through the primary pathway may complete a pre-application to
determine their ethics eligibility prior to enrolling in or during their educational
Read all about ARRT’s ethics requirements.
Examination Requirements for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certification
After having met the education and ethics requirements, candidates for Magnetic
Resonance Imaging certification must pass ARRT’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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 candidates who have completed
an educational program in order to obtain eligibility can be obtained through individual program directors. Applications
for candidates who are already registered in a supporting category and want to take
the exam as a post-primary candidate may be submitted 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 applications, 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
Resonance Imaging Content Specifications provide an outline of the topics
covered in the exam. (NOTE: New content specifications will go into effect beginning January 1, 2014.) 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
exam format and exam length,
and how to request testing accommodations.
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
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
and ARRT Standards of Ethics each year, as well as meet
Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal of Registration every
Learn more about what happens after certification.