Continuing Education is mandatory for radiologic technologists for as long as they want to practice in the the field and keep their ARRT® certification.
Medical radiology is always changing and improving. Computers, techniques, AI all contribute to better serve both the radiologic imaging professionals and the patient. Radiology continuing education will help you keep up with the latest science 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.
After completion of your educational journey toward a radiologic technologist certification or degree, 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 Association for Medical Imaging Management® (AHRA®) for acceptance by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT®).
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT®) is the credentialing organization. ARRT® designs and administers certification testing and sets the ethics and continuing education requirements needed to maintain your license.
How Many CE Credits Do You Need Per Biennium?
To keep your radiologic technologist certification with the ARRT® active, you need to complete 24 CE credits every biennium, which is every two years.
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 March birth month must complete their continuing education credits by the end of February. Their assigned biennium is from March 1 through February 28 (or 29th).
How Does One 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
- 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 an A or A+ credit. We cover those in the next section.
What is a Category A or A+ Credit?
Per ARRT®: Radiology Assistants must take A+ continuing education credits. If you are not a radiology assistant, for example a radiologic technologist, mammographer, etc., you can take A or A+ credit courses . ARRT’s continuing education document.
How Are Credits Submitted?
Upon successful completion of your course (75% or better), you’ll receive a certificate of completion from the sponsor that validates your credit. It’s important to hold on to this certificate because you must submit information from it to the ARRT® for renewal of your license.
Are You Up-to-Date With Your CE credits for Radiologic Technology?
Two years go by fast. Provide reminders for yourself. Get your 24 hours CE courses done the month before your birth month.
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.