MRI Technician Training in Pennsylvania - PA
Although Pennsylvania is one of the states that do not require its radiology technicians/MRI technicians to be licensed, these professionals must still have the required education to gain national certification offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). You will not be able to get a job in the state of Pennsylvania as an MRI tech unless you have education in both radiology and MRI.
MRI Technician Training in Pennsylvania
- Graduate from high school. Most training schools, colleges, technical schools, and universities will not accept applicants without a high school diploma or, alternatively, a GED degree.
- Find a school that is approved and accredited by the ARRT and offers a program to train radiology technologists. You will complete this program in an average of two years, usually graduating with an Associate degree.
- Find a school that is approved and accredited by the ARRT to train MRI technologists. Pennsylvania MRI technician training programs take an additional year to complete, and you will get a certificate upon graduation.
- When you have finished training, you are ready to take national certification examinations offered by the ARRT. The first one is the ARRT's radiology exam, given at Pearson VUE testing centers located in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Scranton, and Allentown. This exam must be passed with a score of at least 75% to become ARRT certified. You can apply to take the exam at www.arrt.org.
- The second ARRT exam is in MRI, and is also given at the Pearson VUE centers listed above. Again, application information is available at www.arrt.org.
- Once you are certified in both radiology and MRI, keep that certification renewed every two years by taking the required amount of continuing education courses listed at www.arrt.org.