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Certified Radiology Nurse (CRN)


Offered by:

Radiologic Nursing Certification Board (RNCB)

550M Ritchie Highway, #271

Severna Park, MD 21146

Phone: 888-878-RNCB (7622)

Fax: 410-544-4640

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CRN Eligibility Criteria



  1. 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.*

    AND 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.

    Submission of continuing education documentation with your application is no longer required. However, you should maintain this documentation in case of an audit which could occur anytime during the length of your certification. If audited, you will be responsible for providing or obtaining certificates, a transcript from an academic institution, or a letter on official letterhead from the provider or sponsor of the continuing education activity. RNCB will not obtain documentation of continuing education for those under audit, and 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 o

    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

Handbook - Application - Study Materials:

Exam Dates & Deadlines:

January 2021     Deadline: 12/1/2020     Late Fee Deadline: 12/15/2020

April 2021           Deadline: 03/1/2021     Late Fee Deadline: 03/15/2021

July 2021             Deadline: 06/1/2021     Late Fee Deadline: 06/15/2021

October 2021     Deadline: 09/1/2021     Late Fee Deadline: 09/15/2021


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 testing year.  All fees must be paid at the time of application.


Certification Fee


1.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 the 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.


4 years from the date of passing the exam.

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