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MSRT
P.O. Box 2821
Duxbury, MA 02331-2821
Phone: 781.422.3962
Fax: 781.422.3963
info@msrt-ma.org

FAQ

“I’m still confused as to what I need for continuing education credits to meet the Mass State Licensure vs. ARRT requirements.”
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Radiation Control Program (RCP) American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

20 CEUs in a biennium for Licensed Technologists

 

  • Effective 1/2/13 the Massachusetts’ Radiation Control Program.  (RCP) will now grant technologists 24 continuing education credits for successful completion of an advanced certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
  • When audited by the RCP, a technologist must provide a notarized copy of his/her ARRT certificate, which indicates the date that the certificate was issued by the ARRT, for the technologist to be eligible to receive these credits.
  • Technologists are still required to meet the RCP’s current biennium continuing education requirements, i.e.: 2 credits in Radiation Safety/Radiation Protection credits, as well as, meeting the specific continuing education credits for the area/s in which they are licensed (i.e., 8 CE credits in Radiography or Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy in a biennium; 12 in Mammography, etc).

 

  • 24 CEUs in a biennium for Registered Technologists (R.T.)
  • 50 CE credits for Registered Radiologist Assistants (R.R.A.) 35 of these credits must be discipline or specialty specific to the R.R.A. area of practice.
  • Note:  The ARRT stopped accepting category B credits completed after 1/1/2008.
  • Note: As of 1/1/2011 the maximum number of CE credits for application facility training is limited to 8 category A CE credits.
  • Note: A maximum of 12 CE credits in a biennium may be claimed for participation in tumor boards, (also called chart rounds or cancer conferences).
RCP Biennium cycle:

Continuing Education (CE) biennium begins on the 1st day of the month immediately following your birth month and ends 2 years later on the last day of your birth month.
Example: Birthday on April 7th.  CE cycle begins 5/1/11 and ends 4/30/13.
The biennium cycle is always on the odd numbered years (i.e., 2011-2013, 2013-2015, etc.)
Note:  In the future the RCP may be changing the RCP biennium cycle start and end days so that it coincides with the start and end days of the ARRT.
If and when the RCP makes this change it will still have the CE biennium on odd numbered years only.
ARRT Biennium cycle:

Continuing Education (CE) biennium begins on the 1st day of your birth month and ends 2 years later on the last day of the month that immediately precedes your birth month.
Example: Birthday on April 7th.  CE cycle begins 4/1/11 and ends 3/31/13.
The ARRT’s biennium cycle may be odd numbered years or even numbered years (i.e., 2010 to 2012, or 2011 to 2013, etc.) depending on when an individual first takes the ARRT exam and when their birthday occurs after passing the exam.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Radiation Control Program (RCP) American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
RCP CE Modalities

Technologists Licensed in 1 Modality:
8 CE Credits must be directly related to Diagnostic Radiography (DR), 2 must be in Radiation Protection (RP), and the other 10 may be General Health (GH) or additional DR or RP credits.
Technologists Licensed in Mammography:
12 CE Credits must be directly related to Mammography DR(M), 2 must be RP, and the other 6 may be GH, DR, or RP.
Technologists Licensed in 2 Modalities:
8 CEUs for EACH modality you are licensed in (i.e., Nuc. Med. and Radiology), 2 RP, and 2 of any other category.
ARRT CE Categories

The 24 CE credits for R.T.s must be Category A or A+ credit.
A+ credits are designed for the radiologist extender, i.e., the Registered Radiologist Assistant (R.R.A.).
R.R.A.s must earn 25 of their 50 CE credits through activities that are designated as category A or A+.  The other 25 CE credits may be earned through activities intended for the radiologist/physician extender or the radiologist/physician.
How to Earn CE Credits for State License Requirements

Passing an ARRT certification exam counts as earning 24 Category A CE credits.   Please be advised,  you may still need to satisfy the 8 DR/2 RP CE requirement based on the type of certification exam.
RT earn credits through attending  seminars, conferences, hospital and departmental in-service programs, ASRT directed readings, on-line activities, completion of relevant college courses, etc.
How to Earn CE credits for the ARRT

Passing an ARRT certification exam counts as earning 24 Category A CE credits.
RTs earn CE credits by completing ASRT directed readings, home study courses, attending conferences, seminars, on-line activities, completing relevant college courses, etc.
CPR

To avoid confusion for its membership the MSRT stopped approving Basic CPR (BLS, BLS with AED, Healthcare Provider CPR) for CE Credits as of January 1, 2007.
The MSRT will approve ACLS, PALS, Instructor or Instructor Trainer CPR certification issued by the Red Cross, the American Heart Association or the American Safety and Health Institute for 6 Credits in the modality an individual is licensed in, i.e., Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy or Mammography. Remember, these advanced CPR certification credits are limited to 6 Credits for a continuing education biennium.  You must submit an approved MSRT ACE approval form to the Massachusetts Radiation Control Program (RCP) to receive your 6 continuing education credits for advanced CPR certification. If you only submit a copy of your ACLS/PALS/Instructor or Instructor trainer card to the Radiation Control Program the RCP will only award you one (1) continuing education credit.
CPR

As of January 1, 2007 the ARRT no longer accepts CE credits for basic CPR (BLS, BLS with AED, Healthcare Provider CPR).
The ARRT will award category 6 Category A credits for valid advanced level CPR certification such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Instructor or Instructor trainer.  Only one certification in the advance CPR certification may be used in a biennium.
A copy of a valid advanced CPR card issued by the Red Cross, the Heart Association or the American Safety & Health Institute serves as documentation for the ARRT.
RCP CE Credit for College Courses

To receive credit for college courses technologists submit to the MSRT an ACE Individual Request for Approval with the required documentation: a copy of the course description or class syllabus, the technologist’s college transcript showing a grade of “C”.
The MSRT calculates college course credits the same as the ARRT.
ARRT CE Credit for College Courses

A copy of a college transcript with a “C” or better counts as 12 Category A credits for each academic quarter credit, or 16 credits for each academic semester credit.
Thus a typical 3 credit college course in a college that uses academic semester credits would count as 48CE credits.
“The differences are so confusing, why doesn’t the MSRT change the state requirements to be the same as the ARRT?”
The MSRT is not the regulatory agency requiring the specific CE credits.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Radiation Control Program (RCP) passed legislation setting our current state requirements but the RCP does not approve any lectures.  The MSRT is the designated professional body accepted by the RCP to approve lectures for the specific categories.  So, it would take the state legislature to make the necessary changes in CE requirements, not the MSRT. The MSRT is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to approve category A CE credits for technologists licensed in Massachusetts.
Likewise, the ARRT requires technologists to earn CE credits, but does not approve any lectures.  The ARRT has designated national societies such as the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) Technologist Section, the American College of Radiology (ACR), the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA), and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) to name just a few, as RCEEMs (Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism) or RCEEM+ who can approve radiologist extender CE activities.
Organizations such as the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) are not considered RCEEMs, but activities approved by these groups will be accepted by the ARRT for Registered Radiologists Assistants (R.R.A.) only.  Technologists can not earn CE credits from the AMA or the ANA.
“Why doesn’t the MSRT automatically categorize any lectures approved by the ASRT to meet the categories required by the RCP?”
Unless the organization sponsoring the lecture submits the necessary paperwork to the MSRT, we have no way of knowing that the lecture needs a modality assignment.  So, the individual technologist must be responsible to make sure they have the necessary categories and credits.

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