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Each State sets its own requirements for medical imaging professionals. Find your state below. If there is no information for a certain position listed, that state may not have specific licensing requirements (State Radiology Boards). Since State requirements can change at any time, we recommend checking with the appropriate authority in your state before making a final decision.

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In Alabama, there are no licensing requirements for x-ray professionals.

In Alaska, individual facilities have their own standards.

In Arizona, Radiologist Assistants (RAs) are required to pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination to be licensed to practice. Radiography technicians (Rs), Mammography (Ms) professionals and Radiation Therapy professionals (RTs) must pass either a state-issued exam or the ARRT exam in their respective fields. Nuclear Medicine (NMs) practitioners must pass the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) exam, or a state issued exam.   Limited License X-Ray professionals (LLs) must complete a state approved course and pass the ARRT exam for this field. The course must be in Arizona and contain 210 academic hours and 480 clinical training hours .

In Arkansas, Rs, RAs and and RTs are required to pass either the ARRT or the state exam in their respective fields. Rs must pass a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) to perform cardiovascular work. NM must passeither a state or the NMTCB exam. Lls must pass the ARRT exam.  All professions must complete 6 hours of continuing education every year.  

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In California, Rs, Fusion Imaging professionals (FIs), and RTs must pass the state or ARRT examination. NMs must pass either the state or the NMTC exam. LLs must complete a course approved by the state, pass a state licensing examination, and complete the prescribed number of clinical examination. All professionals must finish 24 hours of continuing education (CEs) units every two years except for NMs, which must complete 24 hours of CEs every 5 years. 

In Colorado, LLs and RTs must pass either a state or ARRT exam in their respective fields. Ms must complete a two year licensing term, Rs must complete the ARRT exam in their field. 

In Connecticut, Rs must pass the ARRT exam or be endorsed by the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Health System Regulations. RTs have to pass the ARRT, the NMTCB exam or be endorsed by the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Health System Regulations. 

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In Delaware, Rs and RTs must pass either the state or the ARRT exam for their respective fields. NMs must pass the state or the NMTCB exam, while cardiovascular professionals must pass the state or the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) exam. LL's must attend a state approved course of study before successfully passing the ARRT exam.

In the District of Columbia, there are no licensing requirements. 

In Florida, Rs, RTs, and FIs must pass either a state exam or the ARRT exam in their respective fields. NMs must pass either the state or the NMTCB exam, while RAs and LLs must pass ARRT exams in their respective fields. Al professionals must complete 12 hours of CEs every 2 years.

In Georgia, there are no licensing requirements. 

In Hawaii, Rs and RTs must pass the state or the ARRT exam in these respective fields. NMs must pass either the state or the NMTCB exam. LLs must be certified through ARRT. All professionals must complete 24 CE hours every two years.

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In Idaho, their are no licensing requirements.

In Illinois, Rs and RTs must pass either the state or the ARRT exam. NMs must pass either the state, ARRT, NMTCB or the American Society For Clinical Pathology (ASCP) examination. LLs and RAs must pass the ARRT exam for their respective fields. All professionals must finish 12 hours of CEs each year, except for LLs which must finish 6 in a year.

In Indiana, Rs and RTs must pass the ARRT exam for their respective fields. NMS must pass the NMTCB exam. LLs must pass either the ARRT and finish a state approved licensed program in Indiana and apply for a student permit. 

In Iowa, RTs, RAs, and FIs must pass either a state exam or the ARRT exam for their respective fields. Rs must pass either a state exam, the ARRT exam, or the American Registry of Clinical Radiography Technologist exam. LLs have to pass the ARRT exam and an approved 100 hour training course. RA's must finish 12 hours of CEs in one year, LLs must finish 12 every of CEs every two years, Rs must finish 24 hours of CEs every 2 years, while NMs and RTS must finish 6 hours of CEs every 2 years.

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In Kansas, Rs and RTs must pass a state or ARRT exam. NMs must pass either the state or the NMTCB exam, while LLs must be a certified radiographer and complete a state approved license course. All professionals must do 12 hours of CEs every year.

In Kentucky, Rs, NMs and RTs must pass either the state or the ARRT exam in their respective fields. RAs must pass the ARRT exam. LLs must finish a state approved program or an indepenedent study, and are not allowed to work at facilities that use contrast media. There are three categories of licenses within this state, including general (which is for those who have graduated from 2 year schools, temporary certifications (for those who have graduated and are awaiting professional certification, and limited certifications. Rs, NMs and RTS must finish 24 hours of CEs every two years. RA must finish 50 hours of CEs every two years. LLs must finish 12 hours of CEs every 2 years.

In Louisiana, Rs, RTs, and FIS must pass either the state or the ARRT exam in these respective fields. NMs must pass either the state or the NMTCB exam. All professionals have to finish 24 CE hours every 2 years.

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In Maine, Rs and RTs must pass either the state or the ARRT exam for these respective fields. NMs must pass either the state or the NMTCB exam and obtain a special permit for radiographers who are undergoing NM training. LLs must complete a state approved course and the state exam. All professionals must finish 24 hours of CEs in a two year period.

In Maryland, Rs, RTs, and FIs must pass either the state or the ARRT exam in these respective fields. RAs must pass the ARRT exam, while NMS must pass either the state or the NMTCB exam. All professionals must finish 24 hours of CEs in a two year period, except for RAs who must finish 50 hours every two years.  

In Massachusetts, Rs and RTs must complete either a state or ARRT exam. NMs must pass either a state or NMTCB exam. All professionals must finish 20 hours of CEs in a two-year period.

In Michigan, Ms must either pass the ARRT exam or be certified through this agency, while completing 15 hours of CEs every three years. 

In Minnesota, FIs need to meet the credentialing requirements of either ARRT or NMTC. Rs must pass either the state, ARRT or American Chiropractic Registry of Radiologic Technologists. LLs must pass a state examination at one of three testing centers. Rs and FIs need to finish 24 CEs in a two year period.

In Mississippi, RAs and RTs must pass the ARRT exam in their respective areas. Rs must pass the ARRT exam and be certified by ARRT as well. NMs must pass the ARRT or NMTCB exams. All professionals must finish 24 hours of CEs in a 2 year period. 

In Montana, Ras and Rs must pass the ARRT exam. LLs must finish 104 hours of classroom and hands-on clinical practice before taking a state examination. RAs must finish six hours of CEs on top of the CE requirement for ARRT certification; LLs must finish six hours in a one year period. 

In Missouri, there are no licensing requirements.

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In New Hampshire, there are no licensing requirements. 

In North Carolina, there are no licensing requirements.

In Nebraska, Rs have to pass either the state or the ARRT exam. LLs must pass the ARRT exam with a score of 75 percent or more. FIs must obtain ARRT and NMCTB certification. Rs must finish 24 hours of CEs in a two year period, LLs must finish 24 hours of CEs in a two year period. 

In Nevada, Ms must pass the AART exam, and finish 15 hours of CEs in a three year period.

In New Jersey, Rs and RTs must pass either the ARRT or the state exam in these respective professions. NMS must pass the state or the NMTCB examination. LLs must submit a course completion certificate form a state approved school before taking a state examination for licensure. 

In New Mexico, Rs, RA, RTs, NMs and FIs must pass either the state exam or the ARRT exam for their respective field. LLs must attend a state board training /experience/exam or pass the ARRT exam. To obtain a certificate, students must attend a state approved school. All professionals must finish 20 hours of CS in a two year period.

In New York, Rs, and RTs have to pass either the state exam or the ARRT exam in these respective fields. NMs must pass the state exam or the NMTCB exam. RAs can either pass the ARRT exam or be licensed as a "Specialist Assistant". Rs must finish 24 hours of CEs in a two year period. Ms must finish 15 CE units in mammography during the 36 months preceding the date of the facility's annual MQSA inspection, or the last day of the calendar quarter preceding the inspection or any date in between the two. 

In North Dakota, Rs must pass the state, ARRT or ACRRT exam. LLs must procure a passing grade while successfully completing a course in this field.

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In Ohio, Rs, RTs, and FIs must pass either a state exam or the ARRT exam in these respective fields. RAs must pass the ARRT exam. LLs candidates must attend an education program accredited by the Ohio Department of Health and pass a state license exam. NMs must pass either the state or NMTCB exam. NMs, RTs, and FIs must finish 24 CE hours in a two year period. LLs must finish 6 hours in a two year period. Rs must finish 50 hours in a two year period. 

In Oklahoma, RAs must pass the ARRT exam and finish 50 hours of CEs in a two year period.

In Oregon, Rs, RTs, and FIs must pass a state examination to be licensed. RAs must pass either a state exam or the ARRT exam. LLs must submit a course completion certificate form a state school before passing a state exam. All professionals must complete 24 hours of CEs in a 2 year period.

In Pennsylvania, Rs, NMs, RTs and LLs must pass the ARRT exam in these respective fields. 

In Rhode Island, Rs and RTs must pass the ARRT exam. NMs must pass the NMTCB exam, while LLs must work 500 hours during three consecutive years and can only do general radiography under the supervision of a licensed practitioner. All professionals must finish 34 hours of CEs in a two year period.

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In South Carolina, Rs, NMs, and RTs must pass a state exam or the ARRT exam in these respective fields. LLs must pass a state exam or the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) exam. Cardiac Invasive Specialists (CIS) must pass the RCIS exam. Limited Podiatrist/Chest professionals must pass the ARRT exam. All professionals must finish 24 hours of CEs in a two year period, except for LLs which must finish 12 hours of CEs in a two year period. 

In South Dakota, Dental Radiographers (RDs) must have 16 hours of training, , while any person with 24 hours of orientation and training in the operation of radiation producing equipment by a qualified instructor can operate radiation producing devices.

In Tennessee, RAs, Rs, and RTs must finish a state or ARRT exam successfully in order to be licensed. LLs must complete a state Board approved radiological certification training course and pass a state examination. Rs and LLs must finish at least 20 hours of CEs in a two year period.

In Texas, Rs, NMs, and RTs must pass either a state or the ARRT exam in these respective areas. LLs must pass either the ARRT or the ACRRT exam. All professionals must finish 24 CEs in a two year period, except for LLs, which must finish 12 CE hours in a two year period. 

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In Utah, Rs and RTs must pass the ARRt for these respective fields. NMs must pass the NMTCB exam. LLs must pass a state exam administered by the Professional Licensing board. Bone Densitometry Equipment Operators (BDEOs) must pass the ARRT exam in this field. 

In Vermont, RTs, FIs and Rs must pass either the state exam or the ARRT exam in these respective fields. NMS must pass either a state exam or the NMTCB. LLs must pass a state exam or the ARRT exam. All professionals must finish 24 hours in a two year period.

In Virginia, LLs must pass either a state exam or the ARRT exam. ACRRT exam is required for chiropractic LLs, while the ICSD exam required for bone densitometry LLS. Rs must finish 24 CE hours in a 2 year period. LLs must finish 12 CE hours in a two year period.

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In Washington, RTs and RAs must pass a state exam, graduate from an accredited program or take the ARRT exam. NMS must take a state exam, graduate from an accredited program or take the NMTCB. RAs must take the ARRT exam. LLs must pass the ARRT exam and attend an 8 hour HIV AIDS training course at a local hospital or clinic. RA must finish at least 50 hours of CEs in a two year period. 

In West Virginia, Rs and RTs must either pass the ARRT exam or a state exam. RAs must pass the ARRT exam. NMS must pass either a state exam, the ARRT exam, or the NMTCB exam. LLs must pass the SPMA exam. Rs, RTs and NMs must finish 24 hours of CEs in a two year period, while RAs must finish 50 hours in a two year period. 

In Wisconsin, the Radiographer Licensing Act was passed in 2010 that requires technologists to have ARRT certification when performing CT scans or radiation therapy.

In Wyoming, RTs and Rs must either pass the state or the ARRT exam in these respective areas. RAs must pass the ARRT  exam. NMs must pass the state or NMTCB exam. LLs must pass the state exam.

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