Since 1995, the ARRT has required the completion of 24 hours of continuing education for renewal of technologist’s certification. Certification is a way of demonstrating to the public and other healthcare practitioners that the certificate holder possesses the knowledge necessary for the essential functions of the profession. The continuing education requirements are linked to a 2 year cycle (biennium) that begins on the first day of the technologist’s birth month.
There are several methods for technologists to meet their continuing education requirements. They are as follows:
- Pass the post- primary examination for an additional modality, such as MRI, CT or Ultrasound, that is recognized by the ARRT.
- Pass a primary examination for an additional discipline, such as Dosimetry by the MDCB or Nuclear Medicine through the NMTCB.
- Complete 24 continuing education credits through an ARRT approved method or source.
For detailed information on methods of meeting continuing education requirements see: http://arrtpdf1.s3.amazonaws.com/education/cereq.pdf
Registered technologists seeking to earn 24 continuing education credits through individual courses must ensure that the credits are approved as category A credits by a recognized evaluation mechanism provider, which is often the ASRT. All activities applied toward the CE requirements must meet the ARRT’s definition of a CE activity. The definition states that a learning activity must be planned, organized, and administered to enhance the knowledge and skills underlying the professional performance that an R.T. uses to provide services to patients, the public, or the medical profession. Directed readings, home study courses, or Internet activities reported in a biennium may not be repeated for credit in the same or any subsequent biennium. The educational activities are considered complete when the post test has been successfully passed and the completion certificate has been issued.
There are many sources of continuing education opportunities for registered technologists. There are many conferences, onsite trainings, and self-study courses available. The following list contains links to sources of free continuing education opportunities for registered technologists:
- Find free Radiology Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities on Medscape Education. Medscape offers free CME activities for physicians and other health professionals at: www.medscape.org/radiology
- Self study course provider with an excellent 5 credit ASRT approved course on HIV/AIDS available at: http://SelfDirectedCE.com
- 11 FREE radiology continuing education credits available at the new Online Digital Imaging Academy from the ARRT and ASRT at: www.asrt.org
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Get started on compiling your 24 credits by taking some of the listed courses today for free.