Since certification examinations are required to be practice related, ARRT periodically conducts a job analysis to make certain that the certification examination content specifications and the clinical requirements remain comprehensive, accurate, and fair. ARRT, with the help of the professional community, reviews the certification documents every five years. The ARRT Board of Trustees recently approved changes to the following documents, which go into effect on January 1, 2022.
OVERVIEW OF MAJOR CHANGES TO THE CONTENT SPECIFICATIONS
- Pre- and post-treatment instructions were added in the Patient Care section.
- Additional content was added in the Safety section.
- Content covering MRI screening, CT simulator warm-up and quality control procedures, and pharmacology related to contrast media was added in the Safety section.
- In the Procedures section, motion management and six degrees of freedom couch were added.
- Item weighting was slightly adjusted. Two more items were added to the Safety section, and one item was removed from both the Patient Care and Procedures sections.
- The number of pilots (unscored questions) increased from 20 to 30 questions.
OVERVIEW OF THE MAJOR CHANGES TO THE DIDACTIC AND CLINICAL COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS
- Two additional quality control procedures, linear accelerator imaging systems and simulator QC water phantom, were added.
- Abdomen was removed from simulation procedures.
- Special procedure, special treatment simulation procedure, and SBRT/SRS were added to the Participatory Procedures section.
- Custom block was removed from treatment accessory devices.
- IMRT and/or arc therapy and single field spine were removed from Treatment Procedures.
Please direct any questions about your eligibility and requirements for Radiation Therapy certification and registration to Initial Certification at 651.687.0048. Select the option for earning an ARRT credential.