How to Become an MRI Technician in Texas
All Medical Radiologic Technologists must be licensed and certified in order to be eligible to work in Texas. If you only perform MRI procedures, you do not need to be licensed or certified; however, it makes sense to become licensed as a radiologist in Texas as it opens up more job opportunities than a strict MRI certification does.
MRI Technician Training in Texas
- Receive your high school diploma, or get your GED.
- Search for a training school for radiologic technologists that is approved by the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists). This is the certifying and examination body for both radiology and MRI training. This schooling takes about 2 years.
- After completing training in radiology, look for a school that trains MRI techs, also approved by the ARRT. This schooling will take about a year.
- Become certified by the ARRT. This involves first taking an examination to become a certified ARRT radiologist. Examinations are computerized and given at Pearson Vue Testing Centers nationwide, including at the following Texas cities: Abilene, Austin, and San Antonio. You can register for the exam at ARRT's site, www.arrt.org.
- Become MRI-certified by the ARRT. This is a specialized exam also given at Pearson Vue centers in Abliene, Austin, and San Antonio. More information is available at www.arrt.org.
- Fill out the Texas state application to become a licensed medical radiologic technologist in the state. This application is available at www.dshs.state.tx.us/mrt/mrt_appl.pdf. You will have to pay an $86 application fee and mail that along with your completed application, copy of ARRT certification cards, color photo of your face, and transcripts from educational programs, to:
Texas Department of State Health Services
Attention: MRT Program
P.O. Box 12197
Austin, Texas 78711-2197