How to Become a Radiology Tech in Maine - ME
Maine’s Office of Licensing and Regulation, a subdivision of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation of the State of Maine, oversees the licensing of radiology technicians in the state. Those seeking a license as a Radiologic Technologist must apply to the Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners, the body that regulation radiology technicians in Maine.
Becoming a Radiology Tech in Maine
Applicants for a Radiologic Technologist license must pay an application fee of $50, a licensure fee of $75, and a criminal background check fee of $21. Applicants must also provide documentation of their graduation from an accredited Maine radiology tech training program approved by either the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technologist Certification Board. They must also provide documentation of valid certification by either the ARRT or NMTCB. Radiologic Technologist licenses need to be renewed biennially.
In order to obtain ARRT certification, an applicant must meet the organization’s ethical and educational standards and pass a certification examination. Certified radiologic technologists must have a degree from an education institution that offers an accredited program of study in radiography, radiation therapy, or nuclear medicine technologies. They must pass a background check and ethical screening procedure. Applicants provide information and documentation regarding their educational and ethical qualifications on the ARRT application form which is available for download at ARRT’s website at https://www.arrt.org/. The application must be accompanied by the $200 application fee. Finally, applicants must take and pass the ARRT certification exam which is administered by independent testing agency Pearson VUE. Arrangements to take the exam must be made directly with Pearson VUE by phone or online at www.pearsonvue.com/arrt. In Maine, applicants can take the ARRT certification examination at Pearson VUE testing sites in Bangor and in Westbrook, which is near Portland.
Applicants can attain NMTCB certification by applying to take the NMTCB certification exam and paying the $175 examination fee. Examinees must demonstrate that they have graduated from a NMTCB-approved program in nuclear medicine technology offered by an accredited institute of higher education. The NMTCB certification exam is administered by the testing agency ACT, Inc., which offers the exam at the University of Maine campus in Farmington, Maine. The application form and information on the application process can be accessed through NMTCB’s website at http://www.nmtcb.org/exam/instructions.php#procedures. NMTCB certification must be renewed annually.
Those whose application for ARRT or NMTCB certification is pending and who demonstrate “special circumstances” to the satisfaction of Maine’s Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners may apply for a Temporary License. Only one temporary license will be issued to an applicant. Once the temporary license expires, which occurs either 90 days after issuance of the license or when the results of the ARRT or NMTCB certification exam are submitted to the Board of Examiners, it can be renewed only once and only upon board approval. Fees for a Temporary License include an application fee of $50, a licensure fee of $50, and a criminal background check fee of $21.
Maine also offers a Limited Radiographer license. The State of Maine defines a Limited Radiographer as a technician who applies x-radiation to specific parts of the body for purposes of diagnosing illness or injury. Applicants for a Limited Radiographer license must submit an application form, along with an application fee of $50, a licensure fee of $75, and a criminal background check of $21. They must also submit documentation that they have passed the Limited Radiographer Examination, which is administered by the Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners. The fee for the examination is $146. Limited Radiographer licenses must be renewed biennially. Application forms for all the licenses issued by the Radiological Technology Board of Examiners, including the Radiologic Technologist License, the Temporary License, and the Limited Radiographer License, can be downloaded from the State of Maine Office of Licensing and Registration website at