How to Get ARRT® Certification and Registration: Your Complete Guide

ARRT ® Certification Cost and Credentials

If you are a radiologic technologist without an ARRT ® certification or if you want to become a radiologic technologist, getting ARRT ® certification should be a top priority for you. In this detailed article, we cover everything you need to know about obtaining your ARRT ® certification and answer your big questions, such as: What is ARRT ® certification and registration? How much does an ARRT ® certification cost? Why is it important? How do I get certified?

So let’s get started.

What is the ARRT ® Certification and Registration?

The ARRT ® or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® organization is a national credentialing body of the United States that recognizes qualified professionals in the field of medical imaging. It issues certifications to individuals in different disciplines and through different pathways once they meet the qualification criteria. We will talk about the requirements in more detail below.

The benefits of being ARRT ®-certified

Being ARRT ® certified and registered can significantly boost your medical imaging career. Here are some of the key benefits of holding an ARRT ® credential.

Instills trust in prospective employers

An ARRT ® certification offers solid proof of your ability to meet the highest professional standards for a radiologic technologist. Being ARRT ®-certified greatly improves your chances of being hired by hospitals and medical organizations, for many of whom ARRT ® certification is a requirement for selection.

Highlights your commitment and credibility

While you can technically practice without being ARRT ®-certified, having one is a no-brainer. There are already 340,000+ ARRT ® registered technologists as per June 2020 data.

By getting ARRT ® accreditation, you can showcase that you are serious about your career as a medical imaging professional.

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What are the different ARRT ® credential options?

There are as many as 15 ARRT ® credentials in a range of medical imaging disciplines and multiple pathways to certification. The ethics and examination requirements are common for all pathways, but the education requirements differ.

Find below the list of different ARRT ® disciplines.

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Primary ARRT ® credential disciplines

  • Radiography (R)
  • Radiation Therapy (T)
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology (N)
  • Sonography (S)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR)**
  • Vascular Sonography**

Postprimary ARRT ® credential disciplines

  • Bone Densitometry (BD)
  • Breast Sonography (BS)
  • Cardiac Interventional Radiography (CI)
  • Mammography (M)
  • Vascular Sonography (VS)**
  • Vascular Interventional Radiography (VI)
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR)**
  • Registered Radiologist Assistant (R.R.A.®)

Discontinued disciplines

  • Cardiovascular Interventional Radiography (CV)*
  • Quality Management (QM)*

Credentials for Quality Management and Cardiovascular Interventional Radiography are no longer issued. Individuals who already hold either of these credentials can maintain it for life, provided they meet the ARRT ® ethical standards and other requirements.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) and Vascular Sonography credentials can be obtained through both primary and postprimary pathways.

What are the different ARRT ® credential options?

Earning an ARRT ® credential is challenging but achievable. As mentioned above, getting one can help boost your professional career in various ways.

Here’s how to get started with your ARRT ® certification and registration journey:
  • Pick one of the disciplines in which you would like to get a credential
  • Identify the eligibility pathway — Primary, Postprimary, or R.R.A.®
  • Meet the 3 requirements for your chosen discipline and pathway
    • Education
    • Ethics
    • Examination

Eligibility requirements for all 3 pathways

Primary eligibility pathway requirements

The primary eligibility pathway is the most common way to earn your first ARRT ® credential. It has the following requirements:

  • Education requirement
    • Earn an associate’s degree or higher from an ARRT ® recognized institute
    • Complete an ARRT ®-approved educational program in the chosen discipline
  • Ethics requirement
    • Demonstrate great moral character as per ARRT ® Standards of Ethics
  • Examination requirement
    • Pass the ARRT ®-conducted exam in the selected discipline

Postprimary eligibility pathway requirements

If you want to get an additional ARRT ® certification, you go through the postprimary pathway. ARDMS ®– or NMTCB ®-certified professionals can also use this pathway. It has the following requirements:

R.R.A.® (Registered Radiologist Assistant) eligibility pathway requirements

The Ethics and Exam requirements are similar to the other pathways.

How to apply for ARRT ® certification and registration

Your ARRT ® application process will depend on your pathway. All pathways require you to submit an application that has to be reviewed and approved by ARRT ® organization before you can schedule your exam.

  • For a detailed description of the application process for the primary pathway, refer to this link
  • To apply for the postprimary pathway, you must login to your ARRT ® account first and then access the application page
  • The application process for an R.R.A. credential is similar to that of the postprimary pathway

How much does an ARRT ® certification cost?

You can refer to the this table below to understand the for ARRT ® certification and registration cost.

Application ARRT ® certification cost
Primary: (R, N, T, MR, S) $200
Postprimary: (M, CT, MR, BD, CI, VI, S, VS, BS, R.R.A.) $200
Postprimary: CT, MR, BD, S*, or VS — using NMTCB ® as supporting category) $400
Postprimary: (MR, S, VS, or BS — using ARDMS ® as supporting category) $400
Reinstate certification and registration by re-examination $200
Online reinstatement (for those who don’t have to re-examine) $75

How to maintain your ARRT ® certification and registration

The ARRT ® organization requires all registered technologists (R.T.® certification) to renew their license every year and complete a certain number of continuing education (CE) credits every two years.

You can check out our in-depth guide on the topic of ARRT ® license renewal.

Wrapping Up!

All medical imaging professionals who want to have a successful career should get certified by and registered with the ARRT ® organization. It brings them a lot of credibility and trust.

In this article, we have broken down for you the process of getting an ARRT ® credential, so you can pursue your certification with confidence. With the right guidance, focus, and process, you can become a part of the 340,000+ professionals who are ARRT ®-accredited and are confidently serving patients countrywide.

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