Continuing Education FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Some of our most commonly asked continuing education questions and answers are featured below. You may also find helpful the tutorial video, Directed Reading Quizzes.  If you have additional questions, please contact Member Services.
  

CE Requirements for ARRT and Other Agencies

 

My ASRT CE Records

 

Earning CE

 
 

CE Requirements for ARRT and Other Agencies

 

How many credits do I need?

All radiologic technologists (except those that are registered as "retired") must earn 24 CE credits every two years. This two-year period is called a biennium. Your biennium is assigned by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology and is linked to your birth month and the year of your initial ARRT examination. The biennium begins on the first day of your birth month and ends two years later on the last day of the month before your birth month. Radiologic technologists who have successfully completed their first ARRT certification exam begin the mandatory CE requirements on the first day of their next birth month after the exam. For example, a new technologist born in July who passes an initial certification exam in May 2011 begins their first CE biennium on July 1, 2011, and must report CE compliance with their ARRT renewal two years later in 2013.

To verify your biennium dates online, visit www.arrt.org and click on RT Directory.

Find answers to commonly asked CE and licensure questions in "A Guide for Graduates." This short video explains ARRT’s continuing education requirements and how the biennium works.

 

How do I earn CE credits?

There are three options for meeting your CE requirements:

You can earn credits by completing educational activities that meet criteria established by the ARRT. Of the required 24 CE credits, all must be Category A or A+ credit.

You can pass an ARRT primary certification examination in a discipline you have not previously passed and for which you are eligible. Primary examinations in nuclear medicine through the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board also are accepted, as well as medical dosimetry certification through the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board and certification in diagnostic medical sonography, diagnostic vascular technology and diagnostic cardiac sonography through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Certification in radiology administration through the Association for Medical Imaging Management is also accepted. Technologists who become certified in an additional discipline earn 24 Category A CE credits.

You can pass a postprimary exam for which you are eligible. Postprimary exams are the ARRT exams in mammography, cardiovascular-interventional technology, vascular sonography, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, sonography, bone densitometry, quality management and sonography. Technologists who have earned a postprimary certificate earn 24 Category A CE credits.

For example, a technologist already certified in radiography must earn 24 CE credits in a two-year period. To satisfy her CE requirement, she can complete CE activities worth 24 credits from activities approved for Category A or A+ credit, become certified in an additional primary discipline or earn a postprimary certificate.

 

What is Category A credit?

Category A activities are those evaluated and approved by a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM). Because the ASRT is a RCEEM, any activity approved by the ASRT is awarded Category A or A+ credit. When choosing your CE activities, look for Category A or A+ approval.

In addition, a few other activities receive Category A status regardless of whether they have been approved by a RCEEM. They include:

  • Official certification in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, instructor or instructor trainer courses if approved by a RCEEM or with a valid card from the Red Cross, the American Heart Association or the American Health and Safety Institute. Credits are awarded on the date of certification or recertification and are limited to six credits per biennium. The ARRT no longer accepts basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for Category A credit. Basic CPR is generally considered a job responsibility and not a continuing education activity.
  • Approved academic course. The Registry defines an "approved academic course" as a formal course of study offered by an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the biologic sciences, physical sciences, radiologic sciences, health and medical sciences, communication (verbal and written), mathematics, computers or education methodology and certain social science courses, such as psychology and sociology.

Academic courses not accepted for Category A CE credit include classes in astronomy, geology, geography, history, literature, political science, fine arts, music, philosophy and religion.

 

What is Category A+ credit?

Category A+ credit is awarded to CE activities that meet the content criteria for registered radiologist assistants. Category A+ CE materials must be related to one or more clinical activities in the role delineation of the R.R.A., and the activity must be approved by an organization recognized by the ARRT as an A+ CE evaluation mechanism. There are currently three RCEEM+ organizations recognized by the ARRT: the ASRT, the Radiological Society of North America and the Society of Nuclear Medicine - Technologist Section.

R.T.s may complete A+ activities to satisfy part or all of their required CE credits each biennium.

 

What type of credits can I claim for CE to maintain my R.R.A. status?

The R.R.A. must complete 50 CE credits within a biennium period. Up to 25 of the credits may be earned through activities intended for the radiologist/physician extender or the radiologist/physician. Activities meeting this radiologist/physician extender or the radiologist/physician requirement can be approved for Category A+ credits or by ACCME for AMA PRA Category 1 credit, the AAPA for Category I CME credit or the AAFP for prescribed credit. For R.R.A.s who are members, ASRT tracks and transfers all credits from the CE record to the ARRT to help maintain status.

 

How do I submit CE for credit tracking?

Documentation can be sent by email to cetrack@asrt.org, by fax to 505-816-1951, by website upload or by mail to 15000 Central Ave., Albuquerque, NM 87123-3909. You can also download the ASRT app which allows you to take a picture of your certificate using your device and upload it to our website. 

Be sure to include your full name and either an ASRT member number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Please allow up to 10 business days for eligible credits to be entered into your CE record.

See the Submit CE Via the Website tutorial or the Submit CE Via the Mobile App tutorial for more information.

Do I need to send my ASRT CE credit report to the ARRT?

You should not send your CE credit report unless the ARRT audits you and requests documentation. The ARRT randomly selects technologists for CE audit. If you receive a letter from the ARRT requesting documentation for the credits you reported, that is when you submit the ASRT CE credit report.

 

Does ARDMS accept ASRT-approved activities to meet my CE requirements?

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography will accept credits for CE activities approved by the ASRT. There are no restrictions on CE content, but the ARDMS reserves the right to reject CE credits. For more information, visit the ARDMS website.

 

Can I use ASRT-approved activities to meet the CE requirements for my California state license?

The California Department of Health Services radiologic technology regulations require CE credits to be earned in "subjects related to the application of x-ray to the human body." Acceptable CE subjects include x-ray administration, x-ray management, x-ray pathology, x-ray diagnosis and x-ray quality control. Because subjects in MRI and ultrasound are not related to the application of x-ray to the human body, the California Department of Health will not accept them for CE credit. The California Department of Health will accept CE activities approved by ASRT, as long as the subjects meet the regulatory requirements.

 

Does ASRT track and transfer credits to the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography?

Yes. Only ASRT members whose ARDMS number is in their member profile will have their CE credits automatically transferred to the ARDMS.

All ASRT-approved CE credits will be transferred to ARDMS daily. (Credit transfers began in February 2015.)

Does ASRT track and transfer credits to the state of Florida?

Yes. ASRT members who indicate they have a Florida state license or who have a Florida address will have their CE credits automatically transferred to the Florida Department of Health.

The transfer will occur on the 15th of each month. Please allow 60 days from the date of completion of the ASRT-sponsored course for the credits to show in the FLDOH record.

Reach the Florida Department of Health at www.flhealthsource.com or 850-921-6365.

 

Does ASRT track and transfer credits to the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board?

Yes. Only ASRT members who have provided the MDCB with a valid ASRT ID number will have their CE credits automatically transferred to the MDCB.

The transfer only contains credits earned from completing ASRT-sponsored activities, including Directed Readings and conferences.

To ensure the MDCB has your ASRT ID number for credit tracking, contact MDCB member services at 866-813-6322.

 

Does ASRT track and transfer credits to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board?

Yes. Only ASRT members whose NMTCB number and biennium dates are in their member profile will have their CE credits automatically transferred to the NMTCB.

The transfer will contain all continuing education credits from the CE record and will occur on the day following the completion of the biennium period.

My ASRT CE Records

 

How do I track my credits?

Radiologic technologists must maintain proof that they participate in continuing education. When you complete any CE activity, be sure to obtain complete documentation from the sponsor. See the documentation checklist at the end of this section.

When you attend a lecture, seminar or other type of presentation, obtain a certificate of completion from the activity's sponsor. If you track your own CE credits, the Registry will request to see documentation if you are audited.

If you do not want to track your own CE credits, you can rely on a Registry-approved full-service record keeper like the ASRT to help you. The Registry accepts a report from a full-service record keeper as proof of CE participation if you are audited.

The ASRT is a full-service record keeper. All ASRT members are automatically enrolled in the system. ASRT tracks all Category A or A+ CE credits when members submit a copy of their CE certificate or documentation.

The ASRT maintains a record of all ASRT members' CE credits. Electronic transfer of your credits to the ARRT occurs automatically if your birthday and Social Security number in the ASRT database match the ARRT database. Your Category A and A+ credits are transferred daily beginning three months preceding your biennium end date through the month following your biennium end date. For example, if the ARRT biennium ends on March 31, 2013, ASRT will transfer credits beginning Jan. 1, 2013, and stop the transfer on April 30, 2013. Credits are earned and tracked for the date and within the biennium the activity is completed. You are encouraged to review your CE record two months prior to the end of your biennium. You may view your CE record by visiting My CE Record on the ASRT website or by calling Member Services at 800-444-2778.

 

How will I know when my credits are tracked?

ASRT members receive an email notification the week after credits are tracked in their CE record. A letter of explanation is sent by mail if we are unable to track the credit for any reason.

 

When do my credits get electronically transferred to the ARRT?

Your Category A and A+ credits are transferred daily beginning three months preceding your biennium end date through the month following your biennium end date. For example, if the ARRT biennium ends on March 31, 2013, ASRT will transfer credits beginning Jan. 1, 2013, and stop the transfer on April 30, 2013. Credits are earned and tracked for the date and during the biennium the activity is completed.

 

How long does it take for credits to be posted to my CE record?

Once received, it takes up to 10 business days for credits to be entered into your CE record. Please be sure all documentation includes your full name and unique identifier (ASRT member number or last four digits of your Social Security number). Members are notified via email when credits have been tracked in their record.

 

Once I've submitted my credits for tracking by the ASRT, what do I do?

    1. Allow at least 7 to 10 business days for your credits to be tracked.
    2. View your current CE record online.
    3. Verify that the record contains all the credits you submitted for tracking.
    4. Verify that the record is an accurate account of the credits submitted for tracking.
 

Not all of my credits were tracked by the ASRT. What do I do?

Contact the ASRT Continuing Education Department at memberservices@asrt.org or 800-444-2778.

 

The ARRT says they did not get my CE credit transfer. Why not?

If your ARRT registration has lapsed more than three months, a transfer of CE credits will not have occurred.

If you renew your ARRT registration online, CE credits transferred by ASRT up to the day before you renew will appear on your ARRT online CE report form. If you earned more credits and they don't show up on the ARRT form, just add them. Don't assume the credits were transferred if you don't see the credit on the online form.

 


Note: If the ARRT does not have the same identifying information about you as the ASRT, your records cannot be linked and an update cannot be completed.

 

 

If you were on probation at any time during your biennium, the ARRT may not accept the transfer unless you have at least 48 credits in your CE record. Contact the ARRT for your probation requirements.

 

What are my CE dates?

Your CE biennium dates are based on your birth month and the date of your initial ARRT examination. Your biennium is assigned by the ARRT. It begins on the first day of your birth month and ends two years later on the last day of the month before your birth month. Radiologic technologists who have successfully completed their first ARRT certification exam begin the mandatory CE requirements on the first day of their next birth month after the exam. For example, a new technologist born in July who passes an initial certification exam in May 2015 begins their first CE biennium on July 1, 2015, and must report CE compliance with their ARRT renewal two years later.

To verify your biennium dates online, use the ARRT Directory Search.

Find answers to commonly asked CE and licensure questions in "A Guide for Graduates." This short video explains ARRT’s continuing education requirements and how the biennium works.

 

How many CE credits are currently in my CE record?

You may use one of two automated options to check your CE record:

  1. Visit the ASRT website, log in and Check Your CE Record.
  2. Call the ASRT at 800-444-2778.
 

Why don't I see the Directed Reading answer sheet I'm looking for?

There are several possibilities.

  • The Directed Reading quiz you're looking for has expired.
  • You have already earned credit for the Directed Reading.
  • You've exhausted the allowed number of attempts.
  • Your membership has experienced a lapse. In this case, you would not have access to answer sheets for Directed Readings published before your most current join date. If you want to take a Directed Reading quiz from a journal published before your current join date, you can purchase an answer sheet from the ASRT store. You will only need to purchase the journal if you would like a copy to be mailed to you.
 

Why is there an "F" or "C" on my CE Record?

The ARRT's credit cap on equipment applications training became effective on January 1, 2011. The approval reference number assigned by ASRT to equipment applications training activities also changed per ARRT requirements.

Credit for onsite (facility) applications training is now designated with an "F" at the end of the reference number, and ARRT’s cap is 8 CE credits per biennium.

Online, webinar and corporate facility training, as well as user's meetings, are not affected by the cap. Credit for these formats is designated with a "C" for the corporate setting.

Onsite applications training courses may be approved for more than 8 credits; however, as your full-service record keeper, we will only track the allowable amount in your CE record. If you have questions, please contact us.

 

What do "DIRECT" and "INDIRECT" mean on my certificate of completion?

Your Certificate of Completion for ASRT CE Activities report may have these terms in some activity titles. These terms indicate whether or not the course is directly related to the use of ionizing radiation, a distinction required for Texas licensure CE requirements.

 

Which number of credits on my certificate of completion will be tracked?

Your Certificate of Completion for ASRT CE Activities may show credits approved by agencies other than ASRT. The number in the "ASRT Credits" column is the number of credits we will track and transfer for you.

If I mail my renewal form to the ARRT, do I have to report all the Continuing Education credits I earned on the form?

Yes. Because the ASRT electronically transfers your credits to the ARRT, it may be more convenient for you to renew your ARRT registration on the ARRT website. If you renew your ARRT registration online, CE credits transferred by ASRT up to the day before you renew will appear on your ARRT online CE report form. However, if you mail in your ARRT registration renewal, you’ll need to report all of your CE credits on the form, even if the ASRT has electronically transferred your credits.

 

Earning CE

Why continuing education?

In today's health care environment, being a professional means more than just doing your job well. Technological advances and shifts in our nation's system of health care delivery demand that the professional radiologic technologist pursue continuing education just to keep current. Continuing education gives radiologic technologists a way to maintain competency and prevent professional obsolescence. It benefits technologists, the patients they serve and the profession as a whole.

Since 1995, continuing education has been mandatory for radiologic technologists registered by the ARRT. The Registry began auditing technologists' CE records in 1997, randomly checking registration renewals for compliance. If you are audited, you must prove that you earned 24 CE credits within your biennium.

The Registry defines a continuing education activity as one that is "planned, organized and administered to enhance the knowledge and skills underlying the professional performance that the technologist uses to provide services to patients, the public or the medical profession. To qualify as a CE activity, it must provide sufficient depth and scope of a subject area."

 

Where can I find credits?

Continuing education opportunities for radiologic technologists are easier than ever to find. Home studies, seminars, videotapes, directed readings, online programs, CD-ROMs, in-services and college courses are just a few of the many ways you can earn CE credit. You also can receive credit for lecturing or publishing a scholarly article. Take time to investigate the options available to you.

Of course, some activities are not eligible for CE credit, either because they are considered part of your job or because they are not relevant to the radiologic sciences. Activities ineligible for CE credit include:

  • Attendance at routine department meetings or staff meetings.
  • Chart rounds, journal clubs, poster sessions, tours and viewing exhibits.
  • Elected office or committee appointments.
  • Activities not relevant to the practice of radiologic technology.
  • Student x-ray bowls or similar competitions.
  • Development of manuals related to work or professional responsibilities.
  • Courses specific to the policies and procedures of an employer or an institution.
 

How are CE credits determined?

Continuing education credit is based on the contact hour (equal to 50 to 60 minutes) and is awarded one credit. Activities less than 15 minutes in total length are not awarded credit. Self-learning activities are determined by how long it takes to complete the activity, excluding the post-test. The content of the activity also is evaluated for relevancy. It must be planned, organized and administered to enhance the professional knowledge and skills that an R.T. or R.R.A. uses to provide service to patients, the public or the medical profession.

Here is a helpful chart to demonstrate what credits are awarded for various activity lengths:

Minutes Credit Comments
15-29 .25

 
30-44 0.5  
45-49 .75  
50-62 1.0  
63-74  1.25   
75-87 1.5  
88-99 1.75  
100-112 2  
60 minutes of hands-on lab or clinical practice as part of an activity 0.5 Practice time is calculated at half-credit if the practice is individual and/or instructor led. No credit for group practice time. Hands-on credits cannot exceed the didactic/lecture credit given the activity.
Hands-on, lab or clinical practice as part of applications training 0.0 Hands-on components of applications training are not eligible
 

How can I tell if an activity is approved?

Look for the ASRT approval graphic and a statement that the activity is "Approved by the ASRT for CE credit" somewhere on the brochure, meeting announcement or advertisement. Promotional materials for activities sent to ASRT for review should state, "Credit is pending approval by the ASRT" until the review is complete. You may always call the CE Department to verify approval of an activity. You'll just need the activity title and sponsor, company or coordinator's name.

 

What information should be on my CE certificate?

A CE certificate must contain the following information:

  • Sponsor's name
  • Participant's name and ASRT ID number or unique identifier
  • Activity title for each activity
  • Number of credits earned for each activity
  • Reference number for each activity
  • The date the activity was attended or satisfactorily completed
  • Signature of instructor or authorized representative of the sponsor
  • Name of the group or organization that awarded the approval and credit
  • Category of credits awarded (i.e., Category A or A+)
  • Effective Sept. 1, 2015, the ARRT requires that the CE activity expiration date appears on the certificate.

    Effective Sept. 1, 2013, the ARRT requires preprinted dates of completion of CE activities on all certificates.

    Each individual lecture title, reference number and credit amount must be listed on the certificate. The overall conference or seminar title, reference number and credit amount are not acceptable for continuing education credits.

    CE sponsors cannot sign their own certificate of completion. A certificate must be cosigned by either the instructor or other authorized representative of the sponsor to validate its authenticity.

    An altered certificate is not acceptable. CE certificates with white-out or any other changes are not accepted for continuing education credit. If changes to the certificate are needed, the CE participant should request a new certificate of participation from the CE sponsor.

    The ASRT approval letter should not be sent to participants. The approval letter is not to be used for documenting attendance. A sponsor must provide attendance documentation to each participant in the form of a certificate.

    ASRT’s new electronic Request for Approval system has a certificate template that sponsors may use.

 

How many credits can I earn based on the type of activity?

Some activities are assigned a specific number of credits, regardless of how long they take to complete. For example, a lecturer can receive 2 credits for the development of each contact hour of an RCEEM or RCEEM+ approved lecture. CE activities other than lectures and self-learning activities that are assigned a specific number of Category A credits include:

 

Type of Activity Category A Credit
Writing an original textbook related to the radiologic sciences 24 (single author)
Writing a chapter of a textbook related to the radiologic sciences   4 (single author)
Writing a scholarly article that is published in a peer-reviewed journal 10 (first author, pro-rated for multiple authors)
Receiving a passing grade or grade of C or higher in an approved academic course or receiving a passing grade in a pass/fail academic course 12 per quarter credit hour
16 per semester credit hour
ACLS certification by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or American Safety and Health Institute 6
Passing a primary examination in a discipline not previously passed 24
Passing a postprimary examination for which you are eligible 24
 

How many credits can I earn from an academic course?

Academic CE credit is based on several factors: the course content and whether it is quarter or semester credit. You must also earn a grade of “C” or better in the course, the course must be completed at an accredited post-secondary school and the credit must be transferrable to a degree program.

For approved courses, one semester credit hour earns 16 Category A CE credits and a quarter credit earns 12 Category A CE credits.

Courses in biological, physical, radiologic, health, medical and social sciences, communications (both verbal and written), mathematics, computers or educational methodology are relevant academic credit courses. You cannot receive credit for geography, history, literature, political science, fine arts, religion, philosophy, geology, astronomy or physical education courses.

Do self-learning activities have expiration dates?

All self-learning activities (e.g., home studies, videotapes, audiotapes, online programs and Directed Readings) approved by the ASRT have expiration dates. Expiration dates are usually one, two or three years from the evaluation date of the product. The expiration date of self-learning activities can be extended after re-evaluation of the material's content and relevancy.

 

Why should I evaluate a lecture or self-learning activity?

Every activity should have an evaluation form to fill out to capture what each participant thought about the activity. When filling out the form, please rate the activity honestly and include positive and negative comments. The sponsor relies on your feedback to know if the activity met expectations and how it can be improved.

 

Does CPR certification count for CE credit?

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) CPR certification will be awarded a maximum of 6 CE credits with a valid advanced CPR card from the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association or the American Safety and Health Institute. The total number of credits from advanced CPR certification is limited to 6 CE credits per biennium.

The ARRT does not accept credit for Basic CPR (BLS) completed after Jan. 1, 2007. In addition, effective Jan. 1, 2015, the ARRT no longer accepts CPR Instructor or CPR Instructor Trainer courses completed after Jan. 1, 2015.

If you meet the requirements specified above, please send a copy of the front and back of your CPR card to the ASRT Continuing Education Department by email to cetrack@asrt.org, by fax to 505-816-1951 or by website upload. Once we receive your card, it may take up to seven to ten business days to appear on your record. You can verify that the credits have been added to your record by visiting www.asrt.org/checkmyce or calling 800-444-2778. 

If I mail my renewal form to the ARRT, do I have to report all the Continuing Education credits I earned on the form?

 

Yes. Because the ASRT electronically transfers your credits to the ARRT, it may be more convenient for you to renew your ARRT registration on the ARRT website. If you renew your ARRT registration online, CE credits transferred by ASRT up to the day before you renew will appear on your ARRT online CE report form. However, if you mail in your ARRT registration renewal, you’ll need to report all of your CE credits on the form, even if the ASRT has electronically transferred your credits.

 

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