CRN - Certified Radiologic Nurse

  • Cost: $325-$425
  • Renews: Every 4 years

COURSE FORMAT

In Person

About

The Certified Radiologic Nurse (CRN) certification, administered by the Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing (ARIN), is a specialized credential for registered nurses who work in the field of radiology and imaging. This certification validates a nurse's expertise in patient care before, during, and after radiologic and imaging procedures. It demonstrates the nurse’s ability to provide comprehensive care in settings where diagnostic imaging, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy are conducted. The CRN certification is designed for nurses seeking recognition for their specialized skills in radiologic and imaging nursing.

Completion Time: 3 hours

Cost: $325.00 for ARIN members (includes a $25.00 application fee); $425.00 for non-members (includes a $25.00 application fee)

Course Format

Exam Format

The CRN exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions covering key areas of radiologic and imaging nursing, including patient assessment, patient education, safety protocols, and emergency care.

Topics also encompass knowledge of imaging procedures and the nurse’s role in interventional radiology, radiation safety, and patient care management.

A passing score is reached when 73% of the questions are answered correctly, as determined by ARIN.

In Person

Registration involves an application process that includes meeting eligibility criteria, such as a current RN license and experience in radiologic and imaging nursing, and paying the examination fee.

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

Certification

Eligibility criteria include an RN license and professional experience in a radiology department or imaging center.

The application process involves submitting documentation of nursing experience and educational qualifications.

If unsuccessful on the exam, candidates can reapply following ARIN’s reexamination policies.

Renewal

CRN certification is valid for 4 years and must be renewed.

Renewal involves completing continuing education in radiologic and imaging nursing and submitting a recertification application with a fee.

Continuing Education

Continuing education requirements typically include specific hours of education related to radiology and imaging nursing.

Detailed records of these activities must be maintained and submitted for the recertification process.

For the most current and detailed information regarding Certified Radiologic Nurse certification, including application guidelines, exam schedules, study materials, and renewal processes, it is advised to refer directly to the Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing (ARIN) website.

Other Resources

ARIN provides study materials, including a detailed test content outline and recommended reading list.

Additional resources may include review courses, clinical practice guidelines, and professional journals in radiologic and imaging nursing.

Related Certifications

A current, active RN license and a specified number of hours of experience in radiologic and imaging nursing are typical prerequisites.

After obtaining the CRN certification, nurses may pursue further specializations in nursing or advanced certifications in radiology-related fields.

Other related certifications include:

  • Advanced Radiology Life Support (ARLS)

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

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Frequently asked questions

Can I earn a Certified Radiologic Nurse (CRN) online?

No you can't earn a Certified Radiologic Nurse (CRN) online.

What organization offers the Certified Radiologic Nurse (CRN)?

The Radiologic Nursing Certification Board (RNCB) offers the Certified Radiologic Nurse (CRN).

How often do I need to renew my Certified Radiologic Nurse (CRN) certification?

You must renew your Certified Radiologic Nurse (CRN) every four years.

What are the continuing education (CE) requirements for recertifying the Certified Radiologic Nurse (CRN)?

Recertifying the Certified Radiologic Nurse (CRN) requires a total of 60 continuing education (CE) contact hours, with 30 CEs in radiology nursing, every five years.

Can I keep my Certified Radiologic Nurse (CRN) certification if I plan to retire from practice?

The Radiologic Nursing Certification Board (RNCB) offers the Certified Radiologic Nurse (CRN-Retired) designation for certification holders who are retired. There's a one-time application fee of $75 for ANA members and $100 for non-members to gain retired status.

What are the eligibility requirements for the Certified Radiologic Nurse (CRN) certification?

The eligibility requirements for the Certified Radiologic Nurse (CRN) certification include:

  • An active RN license in the U.S., or international licensure equivalent.

  • A minimum of 2,000 hours in radiology nursing within the past three years.

  • A minimum of 30 continuing education contact hours relevant to nursing care of radiology patients within 24 months of the exam date.

    • A minimum of 15 contact hours must be related to radiology nursing.