Radiation Therapy 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.
As outlined in ARRT’s "Equation
for Excellence," candidates for ARRT's Radiation Therapy certification must
meet basic education, ethics, and examination requirements to become eligible. The
following sections outline the eligibility requirements for all three areas. 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 Radiation Therapy Certification Handbook.
Education Requirements for Radiation Therapy Certification
Radiation Therapy certification candidates must have — within the past three years* — successfully completed a Radiation Therapy educational program
that is accredited
by a mechanism acceptable to the ARRT. Beginning on January 1, 2015, all candidates
for certification in Radiation Therapy must have earned an academic degree before becoming
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
Radiation Therapy Didactic and Clinical Competency Requirements. NOTE: New
competency requirements will go into effect beginning January
* 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.
Ethics Requirements for Radiation Therapy 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 may complete a pre-application to determine their ethics eligibility prior to enrolling in or during their educational program.
Read all about ARRT’s ethics requirements.
Examination Requirements for Radiation Therapy Certification
After having met the education and ethics requirements, candidates for
certification must pass ARRT’s
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 the exam can be obtained through individual program directors. 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 application fee.
Radiation Therapy 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
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.
Learn more about what happens after certification.