How to Become a Radiology Tech in Washington - WA
With radiological techniques such as CT scans, or computerized tomography, MRI or magnetic resonance imaging, and standard x-ray, radiologic technologists perform imaging procedures that allow for more accurate diagnosis of various injuries and diseases. The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that the job outlook for radiologic technologists is very good, with much faster growth than average over the next ten years. In the state of Washington, the environment for radiologic technologists is very favorable. The 4,090 radiologic technologists in Washington enjoy an average salary of $60,520, a full 13.6% higher than the average national salary. Source: www.bls.gov
The process for obtaining licensure, as a radiologic technologist in the state of Washington will vary based on which of three paths to licensure that the applicant will take.
- If a candidate has graduated from an accredited Washington radiology tech training program, the next step is to sit for, and successfully pass the radiologic technologist certification exam, administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians (ARRT). Once the candidate earns the CRT credential through the ARRT, then the candidate may submit an application. In addition to the application, the candidate must submit the appropriate fee, report his or her professional experience and education, and sign an affidavit that the applicant has met the AIDS education requirement, as required by the state of Washington. The applicant must also submit proof that s/he has successfully completed the CRT exam through the ARRT. Both the fee schedule and the application document are available from the Washington State Department of Health.
- If the applicant has been previously licensed or otherwise credentialed in another state, the applicant must submit information about those licenses directly from those appropriate state agencies in addition to providing the information above.
- If the applicant desires to seek the alternative Washington radiology tech training program, the applicant must enroll in this program with the state of Washington. Because this training program requires four years of supervised experience, the state requires that the program participant reports his or her progress to the state on an annual basis. At the end of the four years, the applicant may sit for the alternate state of Washington licensure exam, and may then apply for licensure by the steps stated above.
Washington State Department of Health
Health Systems Quality Assurance
P.O. Box 47865
Olympia WA 98504-7865