How to Qualify for MRI ARRT Primary Pathway Certification

Submitted By: 
Nicholas Walsh-Davis, Director of Admissions

How to Qualify for MRI ARRT Primary Pathway Certification:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Students and Graduates:
All CLC graduates after January 20, 2014 with an Associates of Science - MRI degree are eligible for the MRI ARRT Primary Pathway Examination [in addition to the ARMRIT exam]. The ARRT primary MRI exam is a MRI primary credentialing exam, graduates are still ONLY MRI educated and prepared. Graduates are NOT eligible for any other ARRT examinations. It is suggested that all graduates sit for both ARMRIT and ARRT MR Examinations; improving marketability in your specialty by having the two most notable credentialing exams.

The ARRT exam is a single primary credentialing examination made up of 200 questions. There are 20 unscored pilot questions added. The questions are broken down into the following categories: patient care, imaging procedures, sequence parameters and options, data acquisitioning and processing and physical principles of image formation (2017 Primary Discipline Handbook).

Requirements Based on Year Graduated:
Graduating after January 20, 2014 –
Graduates must attend the MRR 300 Review and pass the Mock Exam
Once mock exam is passed, the Program Director will sign the Endorsement Section of the Application for Certification and Registration documenting graduate has met Didactic and Clinical Competency Requirements of ARRT
Year of Graduation

  • Graduates completing an educational program in 2013 and beyond have three years to establish eligibility for ARRT certification and registration
  • Graduates who completed educational programs by the end of 2012 have five years to establish eligibility for ARRT certification and registration.
  • Candidates who complete an educational program in 2015 and beyond must have earned an associate (or more advanced) degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by ARRT (Casa Loma College’s MRI Program is recognized by ARRT).

Graduates in any of the three options above must complete the following prior to receiving the Program Director’s endorsement signature on the application.

  1. ARRT Clinical Competencies not included in your program of study must be performed.
    a.  These can be performed at your place of employment and signed off by your Supervisor (MRI Technologist) and/or the MRI Program Director or Faculty may review the procedure at your place of employment      for authorization of competency
    b. If you are not currently employment at an imaging facility, contact the MRI Program Director.
  2. Once graduates have successfully passed clinical competencies, graduate must take ARRT Review course and pass the ARRT Mock Exam

The Program Director will sign the Endorsement Section of the Application for Certification and Registration documenting graduate has met Didactic and Clinical Competency

Requirements of ARRT:
Graduating Prior to 2012:
Advanced Placement is the only way that you can qualify for ARRT Certification if you graduated prior to 2012.

Who Qualifies for Advanced Placement?

  • Completed a professional educational program that isn’t accredited by an agency ARRT recognizes (If you've completed part of a program that is accredited by an ARRT-recognized mechanism, you should apply as a transfer student as opposed to an advanced placement student). · Became ineligible for certification and registration as a result of three unsuccessful examination attempts within three years
  • Became ineligible for certification and registration because your exam eligibility time expired (if you graduated from an educational program on or after January 1, 2013, you have three years to establish eligibility for ARRT certification and registration; if you graduated on or before Dec. 31, 2012, you have five years)
  • Do You Qualify for Advanced Placement? With advanced placement, you must meet these ARRT-mandated requirements:
  • You must have completed a professional educational program in the imaging or radiation therapy. · You must complete didactic and clinical assessments for each course in a program’s non-advanced placement curriculum.
  • If you were previously enrolled in the same program in which you are now applying for advanced placement, you must complete and submit new assessments. Didactic Assessment We must assess your current didactic knowledge of the subject matter of each program course before determining where you can enter the program. You will be given the final exam in each course below:
  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  • MRI Cross Sectional Anatomy I and II
  • MRI Imaging and Procedures A & B
  • MRI Patient Care
  • MRI Physics I and II Ø MRR 300 Course and Clinical Review
  • If you successfully complete the final exam in a given course, the Program Director will provide you credit for that course
  • If you don’t pass the final exams, you must enroll in and complete the course/s in order to gain the appropriate knowledge. Clinical Assessment: You will have to prove competence in all required clinical procedures (as defined by ARRT’s clinical competency requirements and by any program requirements). Program directors or their designees must base their assessments on procedures they actually witness you performing at the program’s clinical facility. (The graduate’s supervisor may sign off on assessments performed, if currently working at imaging facility). If you are not able to successfully perform the required clinical procedures, you will be required to take additional externship hours. These hours will be determined by the Program Director and your performance on the clinical competencies.

NOTE: As an advanced placement student, you must complete all didactic and clinical competency assessments within the 24 months immediately before you apply for certification and registration with ARRT.

Verifying Education:

ARRT contacts the director of the educational program indicated on your application to verify that you have successfully completed both the clinical and didactic phases of the program as it was accredited, as well as the ARRT-specified competency requirements. This includes all academic degree requirements if the program is accredited as degree granting. Completion of just the professional component of degree-granting programs does not satisfy the degree requirement.
Once Eligibility is Obtained:
Candidates establish eligibility for ARRT certification and registration through the following stages:

  1. submitting the appropriate application form and fee
  2. undergoing an ethics review if necessary
  3. completing the application process
  4. receiving an assigned examination window in the form of a Candidate Status Report

Applications for certification and registration are subject to a fee of $200.

Re-application fees are $175 (Fees).

Fees are not refundable and may not be transferred to another discipline for certification and registration. You may pay by check or money order, payable to ARRT in U.S. funds.

Each candidate’s application must be accompanied by a separate check.