CI (ARRT) - Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT

  • Cost: $225
  • Renews: Every 2 years

COURSE FORMAT

In Person

About

The Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI) certification, offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), is a specialized credential for radiologic technologists working in the field of interventional cardiology. This certification recognizes the technologist’s expertise in assisting with cardiac catheterization procedures, performing complex imaging, and understanding the use of specialized equipment in a cardiovascular setting. It is designed for technologists who are skilled in the use of fluoroscopy, angiography, and other interventional techniques to diagnose and treat cardiac conditions.

Completion Time: Approximately 4 hours

Course Format

Exam Format

The CI exam includes 165 multiple-choice questions (20 unscored) covering areas such as patient care, image production, and procedures specific to cardiac interventional radiography.

Topics also include knowledge of cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology.

A scaled score of 75 is required to pass the exam.

In Person

Registration involves an application process, meeting eligibility criteria like clinical experience in cardiac-interventional procedures, and paying the examination fee.

The exam is conducted at designated ARRT testing centers, adhering to specific identification and testing protocols.

Certification

Eligibility criteria include an ARRT-recognized educational program in radiography and documented clinical experience in cardiac-interventional procedures.

The application process involves submitting proof of clinical competency and passing the CI exam.

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

Renewal

CI certification requires biennial renewal, which involves complying with ARRT’s Continuing Education (CE) requirements.

Renewal also includes payment of a renewal fee and adherence to ARRT’s Rules of Ethics.

Continuing Education

CE requirements include completing 24 credits of continuing education activities related to radiologic technology every two years.

ARRT provides guidelines on acceptable CE activities and how to document them.

For the most accurate and detailed information regarding Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT certification, including application procedures, exam preparation resources, and renewal processes, it is recommended to consult the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' official website.

Other Resources

ARRT provides a range of study materials, including a detailed content specification document and sample questions.

Additional resources may include online courses, workshops, and professional development activities in cardiac-interventional radiography.

Related Certifications

A prerequisite for the CI certification is certification and registration in Radiography RT(R) through the ARRT.

After obtaining CI certification, technologists may pursue further specializations in other radiologic modalities.

Other related certifications include:

  • Bone Densitometry (BD)

  • Breast Sonography (BS)

  • Cardiovascular Interventional Radiography (CV)

  • Computed Tomography (CT

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

  • Mammography (M

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR)

  • Nuclear Medicine Technology (N

  • Quality Management (QM)

  • Radiation Therapy (T

  • Radiography (R)

  • Registered Radiologist Assistant (R.R.A.

  • Sonography (S)

  • Vascular Interventional Radiography (VI

  • Vascular Sonography (VS)

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Frequently asked questions

Can I earn a ARRT Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI) online?

No you can't earn a ARRT Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI) online.

What organization offers the Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI)?

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) offers the Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI).

What other certifications does the ARRT offer besides the Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI)?

The ARRT also offers the following certifications:

  • Bone Densitometry (BD)

  • Breast Sonography (BS)

  • Cardiovascular Interventional Radiography (CV)

  • Computed Tomography (CT

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

  • Mammography (M

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR)

  • Nuclear Medicine Technology (N

  • Quality Management (QM)

  • Radiation Therapy (T

  • Radiography (R)

  • Registered Radiologist Assistant (R.R.A.

  • Sonography (S)

  • Vascular Interventional Radiography (VI

  • Vascular Sonography (VS)

Is the ARRT Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI) exam hard?

The ARRT Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI) 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 (effective July 1, 2023) covered on the Magnetic Resonance Imaging 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 Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI) certification?

You must renew your ARRT Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI) certification annually.

What is the passing score for the ARRT Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI) exam?

The ARRT Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI) 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 Cardiac-Interventional Radiography RT (CI)?

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