Some students, in their youthful exuberance to be self-sufficient, cut corners, save money and prove the naysayers wrong, believe they can become an expert in the Radiology field by themselves. Meaning, they may attempt this career path without being certified. And, they may be perfectly capable of attempting this feat, but having the ARRT’s credentials is critical to success for so many reasons.
They aim to promote high standards of care within the Radiology. By providing verifiable recognition for accredited individuals who have proven their knowledge and skill sets through this renown certification.
For the men and women who specialize in various areas of radiology, such as medical imaging, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy, this credential is an absolute necessity.
What Is The ARRT?
ARRT is an acronym for The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. By joining the ARRT, you will have the stamp of approval and accreditation of qualified experts. The exam is demanding and rigorous. This means that employers can be sure that you are suitable for the job, this also increases your chances of landing a better job.
If you are studying Radiology, you may have already heard of the ARRT. If you already have a job in Radiology, one of your co-workers may already be accredited by the ARRT. Think of the ARRT as an exam board, once you have taken their exam and proved you are as knowledgeable as you say you are, you become certified/accredited – which makes you much more desirable to potential employers.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists is also growing every day, as of right now they have over 325,000 members – who are all accredited and certified by the ARRT, allowing them to use their credentials. Just think how good it would be if you could add that you are certified by the ARRT to your Curriculum Vitae/Resume – you wouldn’t have trouble looking for a job in Radiology anymore.
Why Join the ARRT?
The ARRT is very passionate about upholding their standards, and therefore they will make sure every certified technologist sustains their medical standards and ethics, or they are subject to remove your certification. This means that not just any technologist can join the ARRT, you have to be extremely knowledgeable, and be able to keep this knowledge, skill and behave professionally at all times.
ARRT is comprised of the best technologists from all over the USA, and when patients visit them – they can be sure that they are receiving the finest treatment possible. Joining the ARRT will help your patients relax while they are undergoing radiation therapy, as they know they are being looked after by a professional who knows what they are doing.
The ARRT benefits everybody, from patients, employers and those seeking accreditation. You can be sure that joining the ARRT is the right thing to do for yourself and your patients.
Radiology is a tough career, for employers, patients, as well as for workers. Employers need to ensure that they hire the correct candidate, as Radiology can be dangerous if done improperly. Employees who are accredited by the ARRT are also likely to be paid more in salary than unaccredited radiologists, so if that’s not an incentive, then we don’t know what is.
History Of ARRT
The ARRT technically began in 1922, making it almost 100 years old! Beatrice Merrigan completed a Radiology exam in 1922, and the next month she became the first registered Radiology Technologist. This started a chain of events, which resulted in the ARRT being formed, as it is today. From 1922 onwards, the ARRT has worked relentlessly to add more exams to their plethora of certifications, all in various different niches of Radiology. That foresight allows even more radiology specialties to become part of the ARRT.
By the late 1960’s, the ARRT had a total of 56,000 accredited members; all of whom could use the ARRT’s credentials on their resumes. They were the elite radiologists of the time, and were much more likely to be hired than uncertified radiologists, this is because they provided peace of mind to patients, and to employers.
In the 90’s, ARRT changed dramatically. As technology had changed drastically since the 60’s, new disciplines that members must follow were added. Radiation Therapy was hugely different than it was ever before, so this was absolutely necessary to ensure that the ARRT upheld their mission to recognize talented individuals, and to create a registry of the elite Radiologists within the USA.
Nowadays, the ARRT is as strong as ever, with over 325,000 accredited members – who all help keep the ARRT’s mission alive, to promote high standards of radiology patient care by accrediting qualified individuals in various radiological fields, such as medical imaging, and radiation therapy.
If you haven’t thought about joining the ARRT, you should definitely consider it. It will be one of the best decisions you have ever made. As a Radiologist, you should expect to be able to get better employment opportunities, and a higher salary. Employers love hiring employees with ARRT certification, simply because it shows that they uphold certain standards, and are very well educated – this means that an employer can trust you to uphold the workplace standards, and make sure you treat every patient effectively. You can still make it as a Radiology Technologist without ARRT certification, but it is a lot harder and more time consuming.