How to Become an MRI Technician in New York

MRI Technician Training in New York

  1. 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.
  2. Enroll in a school that trains radiologic technologists. Your school should be accredited by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

  3. Graduate from your radiology program (usually takes two years) and earn an Associate degree or certificate (depending upon the program).
  4. 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.
  5. 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 .
  6. 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.
  7. 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
(518) 402-7580

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