The ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) has set out new guidelines for certifying X-ray Technicians. The new standards radiologists will need to meet are education, examination and ethical. Here’s what you need to know to get started on your X-ray Tech career in 2016.


Candidates seeking an initial certification must have earned an associate degree or better from an accredited institution. The degree does not have to be in radiologic sciences. This requirement applies to those who graduated from a radiography education program on or after January 1, 2015.

When choosing an education program, look for one that is either hospital-based or has a relationship with a hospital or clinic so you get the necessary hands-on training. The program must include at least sixteen hours of coursework. It should have a clinical component as well as classroom training and must be accredited.


The ARRT ethics standards lay out what behavior is expected from radiologists.

The requirement is that the candidate “be a person of good moral character and must not have engaged in conduct that is inconsistent with the ARRT Rules of Ethics.” Further, they must “agree to comply with the ARRT Rules and Regulations and the ARRT Standards of Ethics.” Expect to answer questions about any criminal history and undergo a background check.


Examination stated here relates to the certification test that provides the RT designation, and tests for subsequent designations that may be added throughout the radiology technician’s career.

Once a candidate has met the educational requirements and the ethics standards, they must pass the ARRT Radiology Technician examination. The examination will assess a candidate’s knowledge of anatomy and other coursework, clinical procedures and entry-level skill as it relates to typical duties in an entry-level radiology technician job.

To learn more about applying for and taking the ARRT exam, visit the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist website.

These changes to the process are intended to improve the professionalism of the X-ray Tech field by raising the educational and ethical standards for the position. This provides for a better patient experience and increased respect for X-ray Techs.

What’s New for X-Ray Techs in Texas?

X-Ray Technicians, along with Medical Physicists, Perfusionists, and Respiratory Care Practitioners will now be regulated by the Texas Medical Board (TMB) rather than the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) as was the case previously.

The new application process includes both pre-licensing and licensing steps. You must complete each of the pre-licensing requirements and provide documentation before your application will be processed. Required documents include:

  • Fingerprints
  • National Practitioner Data Bank/Health Integrity Data Bank Self-Query Response
  • Certified Transcript from Training Program
  • Proof of Identity

For more information on obtaining your X-Ray Technician License in Texas, visit the Texas Medical Board website.

When you’re ready to begin working in your chosen field, the institution you have received your education from can help you with placement. You can also work with a staffing and recruiting firm that specializes in this field. Contact us today to learn more about our X-Ray Technician job opportunities in Houston and beyond!

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