As a radiologic technologist, your education continues as long as you practice.
To maintain your certification, you need to complete a set number of radiological technologist continuing education credits. These credits help you keep up with the latest science in the field and provide you with an opportunity to broaden your horizons and become a well-rounded medical professional.
The system for CE credits for radiologic technologists can be a bit confusing, especially during your first two years. So, we gathered up the most frequently asked questions about CE credits and answered them below.
Keep reading to learn more about your ARRT® continuing education obligations.
Who Are the ASRT® and the ARRT® and What’s the Difference?
Your journey towards radiologic technologist certification is completed. Now you must earn your 24 ce credit hour requirement for the two year period, also known as the biennium. When choosing a continuing education course, be sure that it is approved by a qualified RCEEM such as the American Society of Radiologic Technologists® (ASRT®) for The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT®).
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT®) is the credentialing organization. ARRT® designs and administers board certification testing and sets the ethics and continuing education requirements needed to maintain your license.
How Many CE Credits Do You Need?
To keep your radiologic technologist certification with the ARRT® active, you need to complete 24 CE credits every biennium.
A biennium is two years, but it differs for every professional. You receive your biennium dates from the ARRT once you pass your exam.
Per ARRT®: ” The CE Requirements are linked to a two-year period (biennium) that is defined in relation to the R.T.’s birth month. The biennium begins on the first day of the R.T.’s birth month. The biennium extends for two years to the end of the month prior to the birth month. For example: An R.T. who has a February birth month earns their radiography credential in January 2019. Their assigned biennium is from February 1, 2019 through January 31, 2021.”
How Do You Earn Credits?
You can earn credits in a variety of ways, including classes, conferences, and other educational activities. Some of the opportunities include:
- Directed readings
- College courses
- Home Study Courses
- Online programs
However, those credits need to meet the criteria published by the ARRT®.
For example, the ARRT® doesn’t accept credits that are part of your job requirements. Attending meetings, poster sessions, or holding an elected office doesn’t count. Neither do activities that aren’t related to radiologic technology or healthcare.
Additionally, all 24 credits need to be A or A+ credits. We cover those in the next section.
What is a Category A or A+ Credit?
A or A+ credits are activities approved by a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM)+.
Finding these credits is easy: any credit with official A or A+ designation will denote its status in the credit or product description.
How are Category A or A+ Credits awarded?
Per ARRT®: “Category A and A+ activities are awarded the number of CE credits assigned by the evaluation mechanism (i.e., RCEEM, RCEEM+, state licensing agency) . A contact hour is defined as being equal to 50 to 60 minutes. Activities longer than one hour shall be assigned whole or partial CE credit based on the 50-minute hour. Educational activities of 30 to 49 minutes in duration will be awarded one-half CE credit. CE activities (completed on or after January 1, 2016) that last 15 to 29 minutes will receive one-quarter credit. Activities lasting less than 15 minutes receive no CE credit.” ARRT®’s continuing education document.
As a general radiographer, you can submit a mix of both types of credits as long as you reach 24.
How Do You Submit Credits?
As you complete your classes or education opportunities, you receive a certificate of completion from the sponsor that validates your credit.
It’s important to hold on to these because you must submit information from them to the ARRT® for renewal.
Are You On-Track to Complete Your CE credits for Radiologic Technologists?
Every ARRT®-certified radiological technologist needs to complete 24 CE credits each biennium to remain in good standing with your certification board.
The number of CE credits for radiologic technologists only amounts to about 24 hours of learning time, which isn’t much over two years. However, those credits do cost money, so you need to choose carefully.
Are you looking for ways to get your credits and save money? Get in touch to learn how we help radiologic technologists across the U.S. complete their continuing education credits on time and on budget.