Clinical Competency requirements

Before you can apply for certification and registration using the primary pathway, you’ll have to fulfill a range of requirements. One of those requirements is to demonstrate your competence in an ARRT-specified list of clinical procedures (clinical competency requirements). 

What Are Clinical Competency Requirements?

Clinical competency requirements are the specific clinical procedures you’ll have to demonstrate, either in simulated situations or by providing patient care. We update the requirements based on our practice analysis studies, which show what activities entry-level technologists typically perform in their jobs.

At some point during your educational program, you’ll have to show that you can perform all mandatory requirements and a percentage of elective requirements. Mandatory competencies are those most vital to all R.T.s. Elective competencies allow flexibility in demonstrating additional important skills.

Review the clinical competency requirements for your discipline:

How Do I Demonstrate Mastery?

You’ll have to perform each procedure independently, consistently, and effectively during the course of your formal education. Although we suggest general guidelines, your program will decide how you’ll demonstrate each competency—with one exception. ARRT determines whether you must demonstrate a skill on a patient or use a simulated situation instead. (Some skills require patient contact to provide appropriate learning.)

Your ARRT application form must include the endorsing signatures of your Program Director and, if applicable, other authorized faculty members. That form states that you’ve demonstrated competence in specific procedures at a specific time.

About ARRT and Your Educational Program

Your program can use any format to keep records of your progress. Program directors can determine who evaluates students’ competencies and when those evaluations take place. Your program director also is responsible for ensuring the validity of any evaluation method.

ARRT’s competency requirements are intended to ensure that each candidate for certification and registration has met certain clinical and didactic requirements. Your program can determine how you perform those clinical competencies, what other clinical competencies it teaches, and what standards of performance are necessary.

We identify and require core competencies so that everyone who achieves ARRT certification and registration meets certain common requirements. In addition, we require ARRT-approved educational programs to earn accreditation from an appropriate organization.