Education Requirements For Initial Certification and Registration
Education is one of three components in ARRT’s equation for excellence. It also provides the foundation of knowledge and experience that you’ll need to become a Registered Technologist (R.T.) and take an ARRT exam.
You must meet a range of education requirements to earn an initial credential from ARRT.
ABOUT THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENT
You’ll need to complete an educational program in the same discipline in which you are applying for certification and registration. In the program, you must fulfill competencies in both didactic coursework and clinical procedures.
At the end of your program, your program director will report to ARRT whether you’ve met those requirements. You’ll have three years after completing your program to establish eligibility and apply for ARRT certification and registration.
FIND ARRT-APPROVED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Use our online tool to search for an educational program, including those with advanced placement options, in your area.
ASSOCIATE DEGREE REQUIREMENT
You must earn an associate degree (or higher) from an accredited institution recognized by ARRT. The degree doesn’t have to be in the radiologic sciences, and you can earn it before or after graduating from your radiological sciences educational program. You must receive the degree, however, before you take your ARRT examination. Learn more about the associate degree requirement.
IS MY SCHOOL ACCREDITED?
Ask your school or college if it is accredited by an institution recognized by ARRT. This information can often be found on a school's website.
Other Educational Program Options
U.S. MILITARY PROGRAMS
If you complete an accredited radiography or nuclear medicine technology program through the U.S. military, you've met the educational requirements for certification and registration. You’ll need an endorsement from your program director, and your application to ARRT must include the required forms from your specific branch of service (ask your program director about the forms).
Some educational programs accept people who’ve graduated from another educational program, but who weren’t eligible for ARRT certification and registration (e.g., they graduated from a program that isn’t accredited by a mechanism ARRT accepts). Those advanced placement programs often are good options for people who were educated outside the U.S. Learn more about advanced placement and then use our education lookup tool to find advanced placement options.
If you have questions, we're here to help. Contact our Initial Certification Department at 651.687.0048, ext. 8560. You also can review our primary certification and registration FAQs.