BS (ARRT) - Breast Sonography RT

  • Cost: $225
  • Renews: Typically every 2 years

COURSE FORMAT

In Person

About

The Breast Sonography RT (BS) certification is a specialized credential for radiologic technologists with expertise in breast ultrasound. This certification, often offered by organizations like the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), signifies proficiency in using sonographic equipment to perform and interpret breast ultrasounds. The certification is designed for technologists who aim to provide high-quality breast imaging services, aiding in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases.

Completion Time: 4 hours

Course Format

Exam Format

The BS exam includes 225 multiple-choice questions (185 scored, 40 unscored) presented in random order. Topics cover breast anatomy, physiology, pathology, sonographic techniques, and interpretation of results.

The exam assesses both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in breast sonography.

A passing scaled score of 75 is based on the number of correct answers you give, ranked by ARRT’s scaled scoring model.

In Person

Registration involves an application process that includes meeting eligibility criteria, such as clinical experience in breast sonography, and paying the examination fee.

The computer-based exam is conducted at designated Pearson VUE testing centers, adhering to specific identification and testing protocols.

Certification

Eligibility criteria include certification in a primary radiologic technology discipline and documented clinical experience in breast sonography.

The application process involves submitting proof of clinical competency and educational qualifications.

If unsuccessful on the exam, candidates can reapply following the certifying organization's reexamination policies.

Renewal

BS certification requires biennial renewal, which involves complying with Continuing Education (CE) requirements.

Renewal also includes payment of a renewal fee and adherence to professional standards.

Continuing Education

CE requirements include completing a certain number of credits in relevant educational activities every two years.

Detailed records of these activities must be maintained and submitted during the renewal process.

For the most accurate and detailed information regarding Breast Sonography RT certification, including application procedures, exam preparation resources, and renewal processes, it is recommended to consult the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' (ARRT) official website or the relevant certifying organization.

Other Resources

Study materials typically include textbooks on breast sonography, practice exams, and online courses.

Additional resources may include workshops, seminars, and clinical practicums in breast ultrasound.

Related Certifications

A prerequisite for the BS certification is certification and registration in Radiography, Sonography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, or Radiation Therapy.

After obtaining BS certification, technologists may pursue further specializations in diagnostic medical sonography or other imaging modalities.

The ARRT also offers the following:

  • Bone Densitometry RT (BD)

  • Vascular Sonography RT (VS)

  • Computed Tomography RT (CT)

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR)

  • Mammography RT (M)

  • Vascular-Interventional Radiography RT (VI)

  • Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI)

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Frequently asked questions

Can I earn a ARRT Breast Sonography RT (BS) online?

No you can't earn a ARRT Breast Sonography RT (BS) online.

What organization offers the Breast Sonography RT (BS)?

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) offers the Breast Sonography RT (BS).

What other certifications does the ARRT offer besides the Breast Sonography RT (BS)?

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) also offers the following:

  • Bone Densitometry RT (BD)

  • Vascular Sonography RT (VS)

  • Computed Tomography RT (CT)

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR)

  • Mammography RT (M)

  • Vascular-Interventional Radiography RT (VI)

  • Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI)

Is the ARRT Breast Sonography RT (BS) exam hard?

The ARRT Breast Sonography RT (BS) exam can be difficult for those not properly prepared. One of the biggest challenges when studying for the exam is trying to anticipate what will be on the test. Focus on the material ARRT includes in its major content categories covered on the Breast Sonography exam. Don't underestimate the exam's difficulty, put in some study time but don't be intimidated, and you should do fine.

How often do I need to renew my ARRT Breast Sonography RT (BS) certification?

You must renew your ARRT Breast Sonography RT (BS) certification annually.

What is the passing score for the ARRT Breast Sonography RT (BS) exam?

The ARRT Breast Sonography RT (BS) exam is scored on a scale that ranges from 1 to 99. You need a total score of 75 to pass the exam, but this isn't a percentage. The number of correct answers necessary to earn a scaled score of 75 varies based on the difficulty of the exam version you take.

What qualifies as a Continuing Education (CE) activity for the ARRT Breast Sonography RT (BS)?

A range of activities qualifies as a Continuing Education (CE) activity for the ARRT Breast Sonography RT (BS). They include facility training, academic courses through an accredited college or university and advanced CPR certification, like PALS or ACLS.