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How to Become a Radiology Tech in Kentucky - KY

As a signatory to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Kentucky maintains strict regulatory control over all professions that involve the handling of radiologic materials, including radiology technicians.  Radiology technicians must obtain a Radiation Operator Certification from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), a division of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department for Public Health.  The application for certification can be downloaded from the CHFS website at http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/radiation+operator.htm.  Applicants for certification as a Radiation Operator in Kentucky must apply for certification from either the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMCTB). 

To obtain ARRT certification, radiology technicians must first complete a Kentucky radiology tech training program.  They must also meet certain ethical standards and demonstrate that they are of “good moral character.”  Once applicants are deemed eligible for certification on the basis of having met the educational and ethical requirements, they may sit for a certification examination administered by ARRT.  Applicants have a 90-day window after the processing of their initial application form in which to schedule and take the examination.  The ARRT examination is administered by Pearson VUE, an independent testing agency.  Appointments to schedule the exam must be made directly with Pearson VUE by phone or online at www.pearsonvue.com/arrt.  Pearson VUE’s test centers in Kentucky are located in Lexington and Louisville.  The ARRT exam is computerized and lasts four hours, including a 20-minute tutorial prior to the actual examination and a10-minute survey taken after the exam.  Application forms and additional information can be found on the ARRT website at https://www.arrt.org/.  The application fee for ARRT certification is $200.  ARRT certification must be renewed annually.

To obtain NMTCB certification, an applicant must first receive a two-year or four-year degree in nuclear medicine technology from a Kentucky radiology tech training program or complete an NMTCB-approved educational program in nuclear medicine technology.  Applicants must also take the NMTCB certification examination, which is a computerized multiple-choice test administered by ACT, Inc. at testing centers throughout the country.  In Kentucky, ACT testing centers are located in Bowling Green, Covington, Lexington, and Louisville.  The examination fee is $175, and the exam must be taken with three months of NMTCB’s processing of the candidate’s application form and determination of eligibility.  Applicants can fill out the application form online or download a hard-copy application form from NMTCB’s website at http://www.nmtcb.org/exam/instructions.php#procedures.  NMTCB certification must be renewed annually.

Once a candidate has obtained ARRT or NMTCB certification or been deemed eligible to sit for the ARRT or NMTCB examination, he or she can apply for Kentucky certification as a Radiation Operator.  Kentucky offers three types of certification for radiology technicians: General Certification, Limited Certification, and Temporary Certification. 

General Certification is available to individuals who have graduated from an accredited degree program in radiation therapy, radiography, or nuclear medicine and hold a valid, current ARRT or NMTCB certification.  The fee for General Certification is $60, which includes a registration fee of $25 and a certificate fee of $35.  General Certificates must be renewed every two years.
Limited Certification is available to individuals who have completed an institutional program or home study course in limited radiography.  Limited radiography is confined to the use of non-contrast procedures.  Those who obtain this certification may not work as radiation operators at a hospital, clinic, or other healthcare facility that engages in radiation diagnostic procedures that entail the use of contrast media.  The fee for Limited Certification is $60, which includes a registration fee of $25 and a certificate fee of $35.  Limited Certificates must be renewed every two years.

Temporary Certification is available to individuals who have completed the educational requirements for General Certification and who are waiting to take the ARRT or NMTCB examination.  Temporary Certificates are good for one year only and cannot be renewed.

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