Registered Radiologist Assistant (R.R.A.®) Certification and Renewal

Radiologist assistants are advanced-level radiographers who perform a variety of diagnostic imaging examinations, including CAT scans and x-rays. R.R. A’s assess and manage patient care, as well as assist radiologists with invasive and noninvasive procedures.

To become a radiologist assistant, one must first train to be a radiologic technologist. While associate degree programs in radiography are common, many RA programs require applicants to hold a bachelor's degree. Once certified, radiographers should plan to gain at least two years of full-time work experience before applying to RA programs.

Radiologist assistant programs usually consist of advanced courses in anatomy and physiology, healthcare leadership, patient care, radiographic positioning, image evaluation, and imaging procedures. Students also complete supervised clinical internships.

A clinical internship is a full-time commitment during which a certification candidate is supervised by a radiologist. According to AART®, students must complete at least 500 total cases, divided among certain categories, and 36 clinical procedures. The requirements for the preceptorship are set out by ARRT® and outline exactly what procedures a student must be competent in.

After completing the preceptorship, candidates must pass a second ARRT examination to become a practicing radiologist assistant. The Registered Radiologist Assistant certification exam is longer than the radiographer exam and consists of both multiple-choice questions and case study questions. It is also computer-based and administered at testing centers across the country.

To maintain certification and licensure. RAs must complete 50 continuing education credits every two years to maintain certification with ARRT®. States also require licensure renewal on a periodic basis. Additional information is available at the ARRT®

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