How to Become an MRI Technician in Arizona
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Technicians, also known as Radiologic Technologists, examine the body systems using a powerful, constant magnetic field, as opposed to ionizing radiation used in an x-ray or CT scan. MRI has become the preferred procedure for diagnosing a variety of problems in many different parts of the body. The MRI can show differences between healthy and unhealthy tissue, and can show both soft and hard tissues. In the state of Arizona, licensed Radiologic technologists (RT) are not limited in the type of radiographic or fluoroscopic exams they may perform.
MRI Technician Training in Arizona
- Graduate from high school with your diploma, or receive your GED.
- You must be a legal resident of the United States. When applying for your Arizona license to practice radiologic technology, you will need to present your driver's license and social security card or a copy of your U.S. Passport.
- Enroll in a board-approved Arizona MRI technician training program. Depending on the program, you will graduate with a certificate or Associate degree.
- Many schools also have another program specializing in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This could take up to a year, and you would graduate with a certificate in MRI.
- Apply for certification with the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists). This will involve passing an examination. The ARRT exam is given at Pearson VUE testing centers across the United States. Information on the application and exam can be found at www.arrt.org/index.html?content=certification/appprocess.htm .
- Once you pass the national certification exam, you must also pass the ARRT Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) specialty exam. Alternatively, you could take the ARMRIT (American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists) MR exam, as both are recognized by the American College of Radiology. Information on the ARMRIT exam can be found at www.armrit.org.
- Apply to become licensed in Arizona. The application can be found at www.arra.state.az.us/forms/Application%20-%20ALL.pdf.
- In addition to the information in Step 2 above, you will need to provide a copy of your current ARRT certification card and the required fee. Fees change, and the amount necessary can be found by calling the Medical Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners at (602) 255-4845. Completed application and all required materials must be sent to:
Medical Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners
4814 South 40th Street Phoenix, AZ 85040-2940
It will take approximately three to four weeks to process an application from the day it is received at the MRTBE office. You will be contacted once your license is approved.