In order to make sure that those who want to work as radiologic technologists have the information and abilities needed to deliver safe and efficient patient care, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam is a crucial evaluation in the industry. Since its founding in 1922, the non-profit ARRT has been establishing standards for the industry. Promoting good standards in radiation therapy and medical imaging is the organization’s main goal.
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In order to take the ARRT exam, candidates usually have to fulfill certain clinical and educational prerequisites. Depending on the particular exam type—radiography, nuclear medicine, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or other specialist areas within radiologic technology—these needs may change.
Each certification and registration exam offered by the ARRT is customized to a particular radiologic technology modality or specialty. Among these tests are:
Radiography: This exam assesses the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for general radiologic practice.
Nuclear Medicine Technology: This exam covers the use of radioactive materials in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): For technologists working with MRI equipment.
Computed Tomography (CT): Focusing on CT imaging techniques and procedures.
Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapists are responsible for administering therapeutic radiation treatments.
Sonography: Covering diagnostic medical sonography or ultrasound technology.
The majority of ARRT tests are computer-based and comprise multiple-choice questions along with additional question types such as mathematics, case-based scenarios, and radiographic pictures. Depending on the kind of exam, the precise structure and quantity of questions may change.
Exams for ARRTs evaluate candidates’ competence in a range of subjects related to their chosen specializations. These could involve radiation safety, picture creation, patient care, and equipment operation. Depending on the specific exam, these domains may have different weights.
Candidates need to obtain a minimum passing score on the ARRT exam, which is set by the organization. Examinees may have different passing scores.
Certification and Licensure
A necessary first step for certification and registration in radiologic technology is passing the ARRT exam. Obtaining certification from ARRT is frequently necessary for employment, state licensure, and health insurance reimbursement.
Technologists with ARRT certification must pursue further education to keep their certification current. This guarantees that experts in the sector remain current with emerging technologies and medical procedures.
In order to uphold the highest standards of patient care and safety in the field of radiologic technology, the ARRT test is a demanding evaluation. In addition to demonstrating the candidate’s dedication to excellence, passing this test guarantees that patients will receive high-quality care from qualified and experienced providers. The ARRT is at the vanguard of the ever-evolving area of medical imaging and radiation treatment, developing and maintaining the standards that are essential to patients’ health and well-being.
ARRT offers the R.R.A. exam twice a year on the second Thursday of January and of July. You’ll have to apply approximately eight weeks before the exam date.
Future exam dates/applications:
January 11, 2024 exam application
(Postmark your application by November 16, 2023)
There are 230 minutes allotted to test takers to complete the exam questions, or roughly 60 seconds for each question. Four hours and ten minutes (250 minutes) is the overall exam time, including the Tutorial, NDA, and Survey.
Registration and Fee
- Primary (R, N, T, MR, S): $225
- Postprimary (M, CT, MR, BD, CI, VI, VS, BS, R.R.A.): $225
- Postprimary (CT, MR, BD, or VS—using NMTCB as supporting category): $450
- Postprimary (MR, VS, or BS—using ARDMS as supporting category): $450
- Reinstate certification and registration by re-examination: $225
- Online reinstatement (for those who don’t have to re-examine): $75
According to the college board, On Jan. 1, 2024, ARRT will begin using a new cut score for the Fluoroscopy examination. A cut score is the number of correct answers needed to pass an exam.
Although we’ll continue to report the exam’s cut score as a scaled score of 75, the minimum number of correct items necessary to meet the passing threshold will be approximately four more than in the past. A passing score shows that a candidate has mastered adequate knowledge to be considered qualified to perform the role safely and effectively.