Initial Vascular Sonography Certification and Registration
Certification and registration is the 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 Vascular Sonography certification and registration
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
Postprimary Discipline Handbook.
Education Requirements for Vascular Sonography Certification and Registration
Candidates pursuing certification and registration in vascular sonography must be registered with
the ARRT in Radiography,
Nuclear Medicine Technology (registration with NMTCB is also accepted),
or Radiation Therapy,
or Sonography (registration
with ARDMS is also accepted), must document completion of the Vascular
Sonography Clinical Experience Requirements. To start documenting procedures, log in to My ARRT Info and click "Pursue Post-Primary Certification and Registration."
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 Vascular Sonography Certification and Registration
Every candidate for certification and registration 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 courts-martial 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 and registration 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).
Read all about ARRT’s ethics requirements.
Examination Requirements for Vascular Sonography Certification and Registration
After having met the education and ethics requirements, candidates for Vascular
Sonography certification and registration must pass ARRT’s Vascular Sonography 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 may be submitted online by logging into My ARRT Info. If you don’t have access to My ARRT Info,
please contact the Initial Certification Department
at (651) 687-0048, ext. 8560. When completing their applications, candidates should
keep a few things in mind:
- 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.
The Vascular Sonography
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 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.
Beyond Initial Certification and Registration
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 and registration.
Once you become certified and registered, the credential needs to be maintained. R.T.s must agree to comply with the ARRT Rules and Regulations
and ARRT Standards of Ethics each year*, meet
the Continuing Education Requirements every
two years, as well as complete the Continuing Qualifications Requirements (CQR) every 10 years.
Learn more about what happens after initial certification and registration.
*Beginning January 1, 2017, R.T.s will be required to notify ARRT of any potential ethics violation within 30 days of the occurrence or during their annual renewal of certification and registration, whichever comes first.