Beginning on January 1, 2015, all candidates for primary pathway certification must have earned an academic degree before becoming certified.
New national standards have been set by the American Society of Radiologic Technologies and the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians that will require new radiologic technology practitioners, graduating after Jan. 1, 2015, to have an associate’s degree.
Only the primary certification categories (i.e., Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Sonography) are addressed by the associate degree requirement. Individuals who graduate from an educational program in a primary certification category prior to 2015 will not be subject to the degree requirement if they pursue post-primary certifications. Any associate degree awarded by an institution accredited by a mechanism acceptable to ARRT — by virtue of its general education foundation — will meet the requirement, according to the ARRT.
The ARRT also cites that candidates pursuing post-primary pathway certification in Mammography, CT, MRI, QM , Bone Densitometry, Cardiac-Interventional (CI) Radiography, Vascular-Interventional (VI) Radiography, Sonography, Vascular Sonography, or Breast Sonography must hold primary pathway registration with the ARRT (or in some cases, NMTCB or ARDMS) in an appropriate discipline and document completion of specific clinical experience requirements.
Already employed as an x-ray tech? The degree requirement will not apply to certifications earned prior to January 1, 2015. Anybody who graduates from an educational program after December 31, 2014, will be held to the degree requirement.
Continuing Education: Beginning January 1, 2016, candidates must also document completion of 16 hours of structured education. Currently, the ARRT requires 24 continuing education hours to be reported every two years. The activities must all be approved through a Recognized Continuing Education.
Licensed Work: In New Jersey, all radiation therapy and x-ray procedures must be performed by NJ licensed physicians or individuals who are licensed by the New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners. All nuclear medicine procedures must be performed by New Jersey licensed physicians or individuals who are licensed by the Department of Environmental Protection.