Medical Imaging Education and Career Guide
Medical Imaging Education
- Medical Imaging Home
- Medical Imaging Degrees
- Earn Your Degree from an Accredited Program
- What’s a Radiologic Tech Program Like?
- Why Choose an ARRT Accredited School
- Choosing an Ultrasound Technician Program
- Ultrasound Technician Certification
- Ultrasound Education Specialties
- Ultrasound Tech Training
Medical Imaging Careers
- Medical Imaging Career Paths
- Nuclear Medicine Technologist
- Radiation Therapist Careers
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Career Outlook
- Medical Imaging Salaries
- How to Become a Radiologic Technician
- Radiologic Technology Careers
- Radiologic Tech vs. Nuclear Medicine Tech
- Ultrasound Technician Careers
- Interview with a Diagnostic Medical Sonography Student
How to Become an ARRT-Certified Radiology Technician
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Radiology Certification and Licensure
In most states, radiologic technologists and other imaging professionals require licensure or certification. Currently, about two-thirds of the states require radiology certification for radiologic technologists and technicians.
Graduation from an accredited program in medical radiography or radiologic sciences satisfies academic eligibility to apply to take the national certifying examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
Getting Radiology Certification Through ARRT
ARRT tests and certifies radiologic technologists and administers continuing education and ethics requirements for annual registration.
ARRT offers 11 post-primary certifications. Candidates for post-primary certification must be registered by ARRT in the appropriate supporting discipline to be eligible.
- Cardiovascular-Interventional Radiography
- Computed Tomography
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Quality Management
- Bone Densitometry
- Vascular Sonography
- Cardiac-Interventional Radiography
- Vascular-Interventional Radiography
- Breast Sonography
- Radiologist Assistant
Many radiographers register with ARRT annually to maintain registration of the certification. ARRT Registered Technologists use the initials “R.T.” To be recertified, radiographers must complete 24 hours of continuing education every 2 years.
Employers, state licensing agencies, and federal regulators look at the ARRT credential as an indicator that a person has met a recognized national standard for medical imaging professionals.