What are the eligibility requirements for R.R.A. certification and registration?

Requirements for earning the R.R.A. credential include:

  • A master’s degree or higher
  • Certification and registration with ARRT in Radiography
  • At least one year of full-time radiography clinical experience, obtained after earning your Radiography certification and registration
  • Completion of an ARRT-approved radiologist assistant education program (including completing requirements for didactic competence and clinical education)
  • Complying with the ARRT Standards of Ethics
  • Passing the R.R.A. exam (view the schedule for the next R.R.A. exam dates)

Review the R.R.A. handbook for detailed information.

What schools offer radiologist assistant (RA) educational programs?

View a list of ARRT-recognized RA educational programs. Note—program recognition isn’t permanent. Programs reapply for ARRT recognition every three to five years. Check with each school about its status as an ARRT-recognized program.

What are the prerequisites for entering an RA educational program?

Each educational program has different prerequisites. Contact any of the ARRT-recognized RA educational programs for more information.

How do I apply for R.R.A. certification and registration?

Learn more about applying for R.R.A. certification and registration.

How often does ARRT offer the R.R.A. exam?

We administer the R.R.A. exam twice a year—on the second Thursdays of January and July. Application deadlines for each exam are approximately eight weeks before the exam date. Learn more about the R.R.A. exam schedule and application deadline.

How do I schedule the R.R.A. exam?

You'll receive instructions for scheduling your exam after you submit your application for R.R.A. certification and registration. Learn more about scheduling your exam.

What does the R.R.A. exam cover?

The R.R.A. exam contains questions from each content category in our most recent R.R.A. content specifications.

What are formats of the questions on the R.R.A. exam?

The exam’s questions appear in numerous formats, including multiple choice, multiple selection, sorted lists, and essay questions. Learn more about each of these types of questions in our Computer Based Testing Overview document.

How should I prepare for the R.R.A. exam?

We don’t endorse any specific exam review materials. You might find it helpful to review our current R.R.A. examination content specifications to learn more about the content areas on the exam.

What can I expect on exam day?

Learn more about what to expect on exam day.

How long do I have to complete the R.R.A. exam?

You'll have up to seven hours to complete the R.R.A. exam, starting with 3.5 hours to answer the first 220 questions, most of which are multiple choice. After you complete the first portion of the exam, you are allowed to take a 30 minute break, which will not count against the 7 total hours of exam time. You’ll then have 2.5 hours to complete the second portion of the exam, which includes case-study essay questions and selected-response questions. Learn more in the R.R.A. handbook.

I have additional questions about the R.R.A. exam.

Take a look at the exam section of our website, or visit our exam FAQ page. If you still have questions, call us at 651.687.0048. 

What are the ongoing requirements for maintaining an R.R.A. credential?

Learn more about how to maintain your R.R.A. credential.

Learn more about earning R.R.A. credentials in the Resources section of our website. Still have questions? Send us a message or call us at 651.687.0048.