ARRT COVID-19 UPDATE

ARRT is based in Minnesota, a state that has issued a stay at home order. Our staff is working from home to maintain ARRT’s essential functions. Our primary vehicle for posting updated information is this ARRT COVID-19 Update page. Please periodically check here for updates.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ARRT is experiencing higher-than-normal call volumes, so you may experience longer wait times or intermittent phone outages when contacting us by phone. You can use the Message Us function to reach us if you have an online ARRT account. (Log in to your account, click on Contact in the upper right corner, then select Message Us from the dropdown menu.) We typically respond to online inquiries within a business day. Otherwise, we will answer your call as soon as an agent is available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Help Increase the Availability of PPE for R.T.s and Others

On March 26, 2020, leading organizations within the diagnostic imaging community—including ARRT—sent this letter to President Trump. It urges the federal government to increase the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) for R.Ts and other health care workers. 

Now it’s your turn to help. To voice your support of this request to your state and federal policymakers, please visit the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Advocacy Action Center. The link will enable you to send a message to your lawmakers.

Information for R.T.s, Students, and Program Directors

GENERAL

ARRT will temporarily extend deadlines for several of its requirements. Information as it applies to individuals is noted on their online account. 

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Testing

On April 7, Pearson VUE announced important updates regarding the availability of limited testing appointments at its testing centers.

Requirements

ARRT understands that rapidly changing circumstances have created challenges for your educational programs. At this time, we haven’t approved any deviations from our stated educational requirements—but we’re exploring ways students can meet the intent of our educational requirements if disruptions to traditional educational opportunities continue.

Questions?

Program Directors who have specific questions should 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.

For all questions related to the status of applications for certification and registration, see the information under ARRT Exam Candidates below.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ARRT is experiencing higher-than-normal call volumes, so you may experience longer wait times or intermittent phone outages when contacting us by phone. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

ARRT Exam Candidates

On April 7, Pearson VUE announced important updates regarding the availability of limited testing appointments at its testing centers.

At present Pearson VUE plans to resume normal testing schedules on May 1. If you had an exam scheduled before that, you should have received an email from Pearson VUE if your appointment canceled. To schedule or reschedule an appointment, visit pearsonvue.com for available dates, times, and testing centers.

CQR Participants

Pearson VUE test centers are operating on a reduced exam schedule. Although Structured Self Assessments aren't available in test centers right now, the online proctored option is available. At present, Pearson VUE plans to resume normal exam schedules beginning April 16.

Students

  • Students with questions about completing their requirements should contact their Program Directors for more information. 
  • Primary eligibility applications for certification and registration will not be processed during this time. Processing will commence in the order applications are received when ARRT employees are able to return to work.

R.T.s or R.R.A.s

If you're an R.T. or R.R.A. and you have questions related to your postprimary eligibility pathway requirements, renewals, CQR, or other issues, log on to your online account to see if you've received messaging specific to your concerns. If not, use the Message Us function to ask your question. (Log in to your account, click on Contact in the upper right corner, then select Message Us from the dropdown menu.) Someone will typically get back to you within a business day.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ARRT is experiencing higher-than-normal call volumes, so you may experience longer wait times or intermittent phone outages when contacting us by phone. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Radiology-Specific Resources

Below are links to radiology-specific resources from authoritative sources regarding COVID-19:

Using and Reusing Respirator Masks

The American College of Radiology has shared this information, from the Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI), which provides information 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.

Page last updated April 7, 2020, 5:50 p.m. CDT