CRN Certification


Radiologic Nursing Certification Board (RNCB)

550M Ritchie Highway, #271

Severna Park, MD 21146

Phone: 888-878-RNCB (7622)

Fax: 410-544-4640



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.AND


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,  one being in a supervisor position, 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, ENLS, ARLS and ACLS certification and recertification are counted as general nursing credit toward radiology certification and recertification, effective July 2017.  These credits will apply only once per certification and/or recertification, duplicate years of the same course are not counted during the certification and/or recertification process. The number of continuing education credits (CEU) must be included on the certificate.


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




All applicants for certification pay both an application fee and an examination fee.  The application fee, late fee, and any special fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to another test year.  All fees must be paid at the time of application. Certification Fee1.ARIN Member Rate – $300.00 (including a $25.00 application fee and an examination fee of $275.00)

2.Non-Member Rate – $425.00 (including a $25.00 application fee and an examination fee of $400.00)

3.Non-refundable Late Fee – $45.00 (in addition to application and all other fees)  The RNCB will accept late applications up to 14 days past the application deadline with the additional payment of the late fee; this fee applies to member and nonmember rates.

A one-time retake fee for persons who took the exam and did not pass is $275 for ARIN Members and $400 for Non-Members.





Computer-based exam information

Beginning in October 2018 the Certified Radiology Nurse Exam will be a computer-based exam. Once an application is approved and processed the applicant will be provided with the options for testing centers and the date during the entire month of October in 2018. Please note: In 2019 the exam will be administered during the months of April and September.


Your exam permit, which will be emailed to you, provides a 30-day window within which to take your exam. It will also contain information about how to schedule your exam.  Be sure to schedule your exam appointment at least 48 hours prior to your desired examination date.



Exam appointments may be cancelled and rescheduled up to 48 hours prior to your exam date at no cost.  The rescheduled appointment must be within your assigned 30-day window. Your exam permit will provide information on how to do this.



Spring CBT

Fall CBT


Paper and Pencil

C-NET Exams:






Application Deadline


Late Fee


April 2019

September 2019



Only available at pre-arranged special sites







4 years from the date of passing exam.
To download the application, visit the RNCB website HERE.


* Current license as an RN in the United States, its territories, or Canada.
* Minimum of 2 years of plastic surgical nursing experience as an RN.
* Spend at least 50% of practice hours in plastic surgical nursing during 2 of the preceding 5 years.
* Be in compliance with state regulations of the practice of hemodialysis patient-care technicians, if applicable. Applicants must meet the experience requirement (for certification) of the state in which they practice.