How to Become an MRI Technician in New York
MRI Technician Training in New York
- Graduation from high school and receiving your high school diploma or GED is the first step towards becoming an MRI technician in the state of New York.
- Enroll in a school that trains radiologic technologists. Your school should be accredited by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
- Graduate from your radiology program (usually takes two years) and earn an Associate degree or certificate (depending upon the program).
- Enroll in an online or campus based New York MRI technician training school, also accredited by the ARRT. This will take about a year, and you will earn a certificate in MRI technology.
- Take the ARRT national exam to become a certified radiologist. The state of New York requires a passing score of 75 or higher on this exam. You can take it at Pearson VUE testing centers, which are located in the following cities in New York: East Syracuse, Utica, Endicott, Watertown, and Albany. The application can be found at www.arrt.org/index.html?content=certification/appprocess.htm .
- Take the ARRT specialized examination to become certified in MRI. Information on applying for this exam, also given at Pearson VUE testing centers, is at www.arrt.org.
- Complete the State of New York's application to become a licensed Radiologic Technologist. You must include a check/money order payable to New York State Department of Health for $120.00 . The application can be found at www.health.state.ny.us/forms/doh-372.pdf . Along with your application and fee, you need to submit a copy of your ARRT certification card, ARRT certificate, or passing score on the ARRT radiology exam. Mail the information to:
New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection
547 River Street, Room 530
Troy, NY 12180-2216