Initial certification to become a Certified Radiology Nurse (CRN) is achieved by qualifying for eligibility to sit for the certification exam and achieving a passing score on the exam. At the time candidate applies to sit for the certification exam, candidate must:
1. Currently hold an active RN license or international licensure equivalent. A photocopy of your current license must be submitted with your application.
2. Have practiced as a licensed registered nurse a minimum of 2,000 hours in radiology nursing within the past 3 years.*
3. Have obtained 30 contact hours of continuing education applicable to nursing care of radiology patients within 24 months of the date the candidate sits for the exam. A minimum of 15 of the 30 contact hours must be specifically related to radiology nursing. Contact hours in radiology nursing may be accumulated through any of the categories of continuing education activities provided the content is applicable to radiology nursing.
* Eligibility requirement #2 may be met if you are engaged in direct patient care or direct clinical management, supervision, education, or direction of other persons to achieve or help achieve patient/client goals for the stated number of hours.
NOTE: Two responsible practitioners in the specialty area must verify that you meet the practice requirements.
Documentation of continuing education must be submitted. Documentation may include a copy of a contact hour certificate indicating approval of the educational activity, a transcript from an academic institution, or a letter on official letterhead from the provider or sponsor of the continuing education activity. It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain certificates, transcripts, and other documentation. RNCB will not obtain documentation of continuing education for applicants. RNCB reserves the right to verify participation in continuing education activities.
BLS, PALS, NALS, and ACLS certification and recertification are not counted toward radiology certification and recertification.
To be accepted, contact hours must be approved by one of the following:
• Any agency, organization, or educational institution accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation (ANCC), the credentialing body of the American Nurses Association.
• The state boards of nursing in those states where the state nurses association is not accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
• A program awarding Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.
• A program accredited or approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists or the Association of
Vascular and Interventional Radiographers.
The continuing education requirements for certification may be met by using contact hour equivalencies as follows:
1 CEU = 10 Contact Hours
1 Academic Semester Hour = 15 Contact Hours
1 Contact Hour = 0.1 CEU
1 Academic Quarter Hour = 12.5 Contact Hours
1 Contact Hour = 60 minutes
1 CME = 60 minutes or 1 Contact Hour