Radiology Continuing Education Requirements and Options
Find out about the continuing education requirements to maintain a radiology certification or license. Get information on what courses are required, and find out where these programs are offered. Explore online options for continuing education in radiology.
Which Radiology Careers Require Continuing Education?
Many different radiology professions offer certifications, either to get or maintain licensure, or to stand out in the community as someone who is capable and knowledgeable in their field. In turn, many certifications require a number of continuing education or continuing medical education units. Additionally, some states may require continuing education whether they ask for certification or not. It is the belief of the health care industry that mandating continuing education helps keep health care professionals up to date with changes in procedures and technology in their field.
Radiologic technicians (also sometimes called radiographers), radiation therapists and radiologists all require continuing education. Radiologic technicians produce x-rays and maintain equipment. Radiation therapists use radiation to treat cancer, and radiologists are specially-trained physicians skilled in using radiation as a medical tool.
|Related Careers||Radiologic technicians, radiation therapists, radiologists|
|Education Requirements||Certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, renewal of certification for radiologists every ten years|
|Course Format||Seminar, classes, exams; online options available|
|Median Salary (2018)||$61,240 (Radiologic and MRI Technologists)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)||13% growth (Radiologic and MRI Technologists)|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
What Are the Requirements?
Both radiologic technicians and radiation therapists are certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). ARRT requires that applicants have graduated from an accredited radiologic program and meet ethics standards before taking the certification exam. ARRT requires 24 credits of continuing education within a 2-year time period to maintain certification.
Radiologists are certified through the American Board of Radiology. Certifications are renewed over a 10-year time period, during which a radiologist is required to take a number of continuing medical education units and complete a self-assessment modules. The specific requirements are dependent on the radiology subspecialty. More information can be found on their website.
Where Can I Find Classes or Programs?
Continuing education credits can be received by attending seminars or classes, taking exams completing other tasks. You may be able to take some continuing education courses online through professional organizations. For radiologic technicians or radiation therapists, ARRT has lists of acceptable activities and approved continuing education providers on their website. Radiologists can get their continuing medical education credits through providers approved by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). You can do a search on their website for providers near you.