How to Become a Radiology Tech in New York - NY

The first step to becoming a radiology tech in New York is completing training. After completing a New York radiology tech training program (certificate or degree), you will then be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for radiology technologists.  Administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), successful completion of this examination is required in the state of New York before seeking employment.  An application, examination fee ($150), and supporting documentation is to be submitted to the ARRT prior to scheduling an appointment.  The ARRT website (www.arrt.org) offers a downloadable application and can provide further details.  A passing score in New York is 75 or higher. 

The state of New York requires licensure for all radiologic technologists.  Licensure is granted and regulated by the New York State Department of Health.  An application is available at www.health.state.ny.us/permits/; this application, along with $120, will begin your process of applying for a New York radiologic technologist license.  Once you have submitted the appropriate materials, the Department of Health will review your application and will grant approval if there are no problems with your application.  You are then eligible to begin practicing. 

Step by Step on How to Become a Radiology Tech in New York

  1. Research the three types of New York radiology tech training programs (certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree) and decide which one is best suited for you.
  2. Complete one of the above programs.
  3. Contact the ARRT and begin the application process for a national certification examination appointment.
  4. Sit for and successfully complete the national certification examination (passing score of 75 or higher).
  5. Contact the New York State Department of Health and begin the application process for New York licensure.
  6. Satisfy the requirements for the above and receive your license as a New York radiology technologist.
  7. Understand and abide by the code of ethics and standards as established by the ARRT.
  8. Comply with the continuing education requirements as established by the ARRT.

New York Radiology Tech Continuing Education

The ARRT establishes continuing education requirements for New York radiologic technologists.  Every two years, a minimum of twenty-four hours is required in order to maintain good standing in the organization.  All continuing education hours must be offered by an approved provider as well as approved through a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM) or they will not count towards the requirement. 

Continuing education hours can be achieved through activities such as completion of advanced training in the field of radiology, completion of a CPR course through the American Heart Association, the American Safety and Health Institute, or the American Red Cross, attendance at a professional conference, serving as a speaker at a professional conference, or publication of a radiology article in a peer reviewed journal. 

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