Is ARMRiT MRI Certificate In Your Area Scam
ARMRIT certification is a legitimate pathway even though it is not largely acknowledged by the ARRT community. In July 2008, the ACR (American College of Radiology) accepted ARMRIT certification as meeting its MRI Accreditation Guidelines. This means that ACR-accredited hospitals and independent MRI centers can legitimately employ ARMRIT-certified techs.
Prior to the ACR’s acceptance, ARMRIT-certified techs have been employed primarily by independent MRI facilities and a limited number of hospitals. ARMRIT techs are employed as lead techs throughout the nation and are involved in cross-training RTs while on the job. Right here in Illinois ARMRIT techs are employed primarily in independent MRI centers and government hospitals. And now other hospitals are including ARMRIT certification in their job postings as human resources managers are becoming more aware of ACR’s new MRI Accreditation Guidelines.
For the past few years Medicare in Illinois as well as Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, requires that MRI technologists be either ARRT (MRI) or ARMRIT certified. The Veterans Administration also recognizes ARMRIT certification for employment in their hospitals and centers, providing GI Bill reimbursement.
All these years students have been forced to first become X-ray techs (RTs) before they can enter the MRI field, even though they didn’t want radiation exposure. Does that mean ARRT has been a monopoly or “scamming” all these years, only to recently reconsider to offer certification to non-RTs? (Hmmm….)
RTs completing ARRT’s traditional 3-4-year MRI pathway are required to complete fewer clinical hours than MRI techs training for ARMRIT certification. ARMRIT requires that its technologists complete 1000 documented clinical hours, which must include observed or performed live MRI scans. Apparently ARRT accepts “simulated” hours which can include watching videos as well.
If you do a state-specific Google search e.g. “ARMRIT <state>” you will find job postings that accept ARMRIT certification. This will only increase as human resource managers in hospitals and other ACR-accredited facilities become aware of ACR’s new MRI Accreditation Guidelines. Knowledge is power.