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How to Become a Radiology Tech in Illinois - IL

After completing an Illinois radiology tech training program, the next step in the process to becoming a radiology technologist in Illinois is to apply for the national certification examination.  This exam is a multiple-choice test designed to assess the entry-level capabilities of someone who wishes to practice as a radiology technologist.  It is administered by the ARRT and requires an application, supporting materials, and application fee ($150) prior to scheduling a testing date and location.   Visit the ARRT website (www.arrt.org) for complete application details and to download an application packet. 


After completing the above steps, you must next apply to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) for an Illinois license.  A licensure application is available online (www.iema.illinois.gov) through their website and will guide you through the process.  Once this process is completed and your application is accepted it will go through the approval process.  This process then leads to licensure approval.  An Illinois radiology technologist license will need to be renewed annually.  The current fee is $120. 

Step by Step How to Become a Radiology Tech in Illinois

  • Determine which type of educational program you would like to pursue (certificate, associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree)
  • Remember that Illinois only offers certificate or associate’s degree programs
  • Successfully complete one of the above Illinois radiology tech training programs, including classroom and clinical experiences
  • Submit an application to the ARRT for the national certification examination
  • Take the ARRT national certification examination
  • Pass the ARRT exam
  • Submit an application to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) for an Illinois radiology technologist license
  • Receive an Illinois license and begin practicing as a radiology technologist in the state
  • Comply with all ethical and continuing education requirements in order to maintain good standing for licensure and with the ARRT

Illinois Radiology Tech Continuing Education

As with other states, Illinois requires 24 continuing education hours every two years to maintain licensure in good standing.  Hours can be obtained through publication in a radiology technology textbook or a peer-reviewed journal in radiological science, completion of a course towards an advanced degree or certification, attendance at and/or presentation of a lecture at a course or symposium, or instruction of and/or completion of an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification through the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or the American Safety and Health Institute.  With the exception of the ACLS and PALS certifications, all activities must be approved by a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM) in order to count towards the continuing education requirement.

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