COVID-19 Questions

We recognize that this has been a difficult time for many R.T.s. and imaging professionals. We thank you for your perseverance and dedication in your continued service to patients during the pandemic.

Is ARRT considering changes to eligibility requirements because of COVID-19?

To date, all requirements remain as stated in our Governing Documents and other reference documents. If our Board approves any changes, we’ll communicate them as soon as possible in these FAQs and through other communication channels. 

May I get an extension on my examination window?

ARRT has temporarily extended deadlines for many of our requirements. Log in to your online ARRT account for more information about your particular situation. To do so, see My Questions Is Not Answered Here, below. 

When can I take my exam?

Pearson VUE continues to update its information regarding the availability of limited testing appointments at its testing centers. Check this link regularly. If you have an examination window from ARRT, you can schedule or reschedule an appointment by visiting Pearson VUE for available dates, times, and testing centers.

Q: May I use test centers other than Pearson VUE to take my exams?

Standardized administration procedures are essential for high-stakes testing. We use only Pearson VUE professional test centers because the centers provide a standardized testing environment with many security procedures. The centers collect biometric data (such as palm scans), use video recording, offer exams in secure testing rooms, and monitor candidates throughout the exams. In general, other test centers lack the same level of monitoring, and candidate safety. For example, without video recording we couldn’t go back and check on reported incidents. 

Each Pearson VUE professional test center has the computer equipment needed to deliver exams like ours, with images, videos, hot spots, and the like. Pearson VUE centers are available in training centers, academic institutions, corporations, correctional facilities and U.S. military installations worldwide. Because ARRT formerly arranged our own test administrations at educational institutions, we’re aware of the logistical complexity, technical demands, threats to standardized administration, and liability such a model presents.

Where should I go if I have questions?

If you have questions about completing your requirements, or other questions that aren’t answered here, contact your Program Director. Program Directors can pass questions on to ARRT if necessary. 

How can I get copies of applications for my students using the primary eligibility pathway?

Most students using the primary eligibility pathway can now apply online. Program directors can log in to the ARRT Program Directors’ website for more information, including details about which students must continue to use paper applications. On the Program Directors’ website, select Applications for Certification and Registration from the menu bar. 

If you wish to order paper applications, you may submit your request in the usual manner, using our Program Directors’ website

Candidates using the postprimary eligibility pathway can apply by logging in to their online ARRT account. Candidates who want to apply for certification and registration as a Registered Radiologist Assistant can print an application from our website.

What should I do if my students have submitted their application and will not meet the graduation date they entered?

Program directors can log in to the ARRT Program Directors’ website and change students’ graduation date in the program completion verification area. Students should check that their Candidate Status Report (CSR) exam windows are valid for the new graduation date.

How can I contact someone if I have more questions?

If you have specific questions, you can reach us the following ways:

  • As your first contact, visit our Program Directors’ website. Log in and select Quick Content Form under the Contact ARRT tab. Then select Educators’ Website Question from the Subject drop-down list and submit your question. We will respond as soon as possible.
  • Call us at 651-687-0048 and select the option for Program Directors.
Are there guidelines for R.T.s and other health care workers about using and reusing respirator masks?

The American College of Radiology has shared this information, from the Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI), about how to use N95 respirators safely during shortages. The information includes advice on using outdated or expired masks, using masks multiple times, cleaning and disinfecting masks, and other pertinent topics. ECRI is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of health care worldwide.

To contact someone about your situation, we recommend using your online ARRT account. Log in from our home page and select Messages in the top menu next to the search icon. Someone will typically get back to you within one business day. 

You also may call us at 651-687-0048. Choose the appropriate option for your situation.