MR (ARRT) - R.T. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (ARRT)

  • Cost $225
  • Renews every year

COURSE FORMAT

In Person

About

The Registered Technologist (R.T.) in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Certification offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is a specialized credential for radiologic technologists. It signifies advanced proficiency in MRI technology, including understanding the physics behind MRI, patient care and safety protocols specific to magnetic resonance environments. 

The certification is aimed at professionals who have already gained experience in radiologic technology and are looking to specialize further in MRI. The R.T.(MRI)(ARRT) certification is recognized in the healthcare industry as a mark of advanced professional development and commitment to high standards of patient care in the field of magnetic resonance imaging.

Eligibility

  • Earn an associate degree or higher

  • Complete an ARRT-approved educational program in MRI technology

  • Demonstrate good moral character

Completion Time: Exam time 3.5 hours, total appointment time 3 hours 50 minutes

Cost: $225 (Primary or Post-Primary Pathway

Course Format

Exam Format

  • The exam consists of a series of multiple-choice questions covering MRI procedures, patient care and safety.

  • Questions also test knowledge of MRI equipment, image production, and quality control.

  • It includes 200 scored questions and 20 unscored.

  • The passing score is determined by the ARRT based on a scaled scoring system, with a scaled score of 75 the current criteria to pass the exam.

In Person
  • Registration for the exam involves submitting an application, meeting eligibility criteria, and paying the required fee.

  • The exam is conducted at ARRT-approved testing centers.

  • Candidates must adhere to the testing center's rules, including presenting valid identification.

Certification

Application Process

You can earn the MRI credential through the primary or postprimary eligibility pathway. The primary pathway requires you to fulfill educational and ethics requirements, while the postprimary pathway is open to those who already hold an ARRT certification and are adding the MRI credential. Those holding credentials from the ARDMS or NMTCB also qualify for the postprimary pathway.

Renewal

You must renew your registration and certification annually, with continuing education required every two years. The renewal deadline is always the last day of your birth month. Renew online with a credit or debit card. Registration and certification are discontinued if you don’t complete the renewal process.

Renewal Fees

Renewal fees are $30 for your first discipline and $15 for each additional discipline. For those who obtained certification using the postprimary pathway with certification through the NMTCB or ARDMS pay $45 for the first discipline and $15 for each additional discipline.

Continuing Education

Continuing education can include ARRT-approved online classes, self-study readings and modules, lectures at professional society meetings and classroom learning. You must earn 24 CE credits every two years to maintain your certification and registration with ARRT as an R.T.(MRI).

Other Resources

Related Certifications

After obtaining MRI certification, technologists may pursue further credentials in other radiologic specialties, including:

  • Bone Densitometry (BD)

  • Breast Sonography (BS)

  • Cardiac Interventional Radiography (CI

  • Cardiovascular Interventional Radiography (CV)

  • Computed Tomography (CT

  • Mammography (M

  • 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

What are some certifications I can pursue after obtaining ARRT Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR) certification?

You can pursue Mammography RT (M-ARRT), among others.

Can I earn a ARRT Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR) online?

No you can't earn a ARRT Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR) online.

What organization offers the Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR)?

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) offers the Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR).

What other certifications does the ARRT offer besides the Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR)?

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

  • Bone Densitometry RT (BD)

  • Breast Sonography RT (BS)

  • Cardiac Interventional Radiography RT (CI

  • Computed Tomography RT (CT

  • Mammography RT (M

  • Vascular Interventional Radiography RT (VI

  • Vascular Sonography RT (VS)

Is the ARRT Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR) exam hard?

The ARRT Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR) 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 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 Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR) certification?

You must renew your ARRT Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR) certification annually.

What is the passing score for the ARRT Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR) exam?

The ARRT Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR) 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 Magnetic Resonance Imaging RT (MR)?

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