Frequently Asked Questions:
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Web site related questions:
- I would like to see what you have to offer, may I read your articles?
- I’ve read an article and I would like to take the test. What do I do?
- How do I refer back to the article while I’m taking the test?
- How do I get a record of my CE credits after I pass the test at the end of the article?
- I’m at work and don’t have my credit card, do I have to purchase my certificate immediately after successfully completing a test?
- I would like to purchase the certificate for a test that I successfully completed last week. What do I do?
- My dog ate my completion certificate. How can I print another one?
- I made a typo when I entered my information during the registration process. How can I correct it?
Continuing education related questions:
- What is the rationale for requiring radiology continuing education?
- Why do I have to complete continuing education in radiology to remain a registered radiologic technologist?
- I have a limited license in my state and am required to get CE credits. Are your credits approved for my state license?
- I understand that there are new radiology CEU requirements for newly registered technologists. Is this true?
- If I fail to maintain my continuing education requirements and annual renewal with the ARRT, am I still a registered x-ray technologist?
- How do I know the dates of my CE reporting cycle?
- What if I only need 12 CEUS and I take more on your website?
- I was on your website and took a course at 11:00 pm the last day of my reporting month. I took the test and passed it, but then the certificate stated that I took course the following month. I needed the course to avoid CE probation. Can you fix this problem for me so that I don’t have to be placed on CE probation?
- What is a Category A credit?
- What is a Category B credit?
- What should I do with my certificates for completed CE credits?
- How can I get a copy of my completed CE credits from CE Essentials if I am audited?
- What is CE probation status by the ARRT?
- What is the best way to get my CE credits each year and avoid CE probation?
- My state has its own requirements for me to maintain a license to practice radiography in my state. Do these credits count towards my continuing education requirements of the ARRT?
- I live in one of the following states: California, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, or Texas. Can I use the continuing education on the CE Essentials website to report for my state licensure and to the ARRT?
- I am licensed in Iowa or Florida, can I use credits from CE Essentials for my state reporting?
Q: I would like to see what you have to offer, may I read your articles?
A: Just click the ‘online self learning articles’ link near the top of this page to see a listing and brief description of the articles we offer. Do you see an article that is of interest to you? Click the link to check it out!To the top
Q: I’ve read an article and I would like to take the test. What do I do?
A: If you haven’t registered with our site, registration is the first thing to do. You must be registered with us to take the tests. Once you are registered, or if you have registered before, log in and scroll to the bottom of the article where you will see the ‘Take the test’ link. Click it. That’s it! If you click the Take the Test link and you aren’t logged in you will be prompted to log in.To the top
Q: How do I refer back to the article while I’m taking the test?
A: The test is an ‘open book’ test so you may refer back to the article any time you want. The article will be displayed below the test so scroll down to find what you need.To the top
Q: How do I get a record of my CE credits after I pass the test at the end of the article?
A: You can read articles for free and take the article tests for free, but you must purchase your completion certificate before you can print it. You can check out our payment options to see the choices we offer. Our purchase options include the Annual membership, Two Year membership and the Pay-As-You-Go option. If you purchase either the Annual or Two Year membership, any successfully completed CE credits will automatically be marked as PAID and you will be able to print your certificate right away. If you have selected the Pay-As-You-Go option, click the ‘Go To Your Account Page’ link after successfully completing a test. On your account page follow the instructions to begin the checkout process. After you have paid, a link is added to your account page so that you can print your certificate.To the top
Q: I’m at work and don’t have my credit card, do I have to purchase my certificate immediately after successfully completing a test?
A: No! We store your CE credit completion information so you can take your credits at work or at home without having to pay immediately. You can purchase your credits later at your convenience; however, we may not store you information permanently unless you have purchased the completion certificate. If we are audited along with you, we do not report unpaid CE credits as completed. Selecting one of our membership options ensures that all of your credits are paid.To the top
Q: I would like to purchase the certificate for a test that I successfully completed last week. What do I do?
A: Log into your account on the site. On your account page follow the purchase instructions to begin the checkout process. You can also opt to purchase one of our memberships which will mark all of your unpaid credits as ‘PAID’. See payment options for the details. After you have paid, a link is added to your account page so that you can print your certificate.To the top
Q: My dog ate my completion certificate. How can I print another one?
A: No problem, we store your CE completion information for you. To reprint a completion certificate, log into your account and click the ‘Print Certificate’ link for any PAID article.To the top
Q: I made a typo when I entered my information during the registration process. How can I correct it?
A: Log into your account, near the top of your account page you will see the ‘Update your registration information’ link. Click the link, update your information and then click the ‘Submit’ button to save your changes.To the top
Q: What is the rationale for requiring radiology continuing education?
A: The ARRT requires continuing education in radiology founded on the idea that “Only through continuing education is the public and medical community assured that professional radiographers do not fall into obsolescence.” In today’s rapidly changing medical environment and advanced imaging modalities and techniques, it is important for Radiology Technologists to maintain current practical information about medical practices. CE Essentials is dedicated to helping Radiology Technologists uphold their professional responsibility to complete radiology CE creditsTo the top
Q: Why do I have to complete continuing education in radiology to remain a registered radiologic technologist?
A: Radiology Continuing Education in the form of approved CE credits is a mandatory requirement for renewal of registration with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). A Technologist registered with the ARRT will have a professional license number. Technologists are required to complete and report a minimum of 24 ARRT approved CE credits in a biennium (two year cycle). All CE credits on our site are approved by the ASRT for Category A credit. The ARRT accepts ASRT approved credits for reporting purposes. You can take our credits with confidence for reporting to the ARRT and your state licensing agency.To the top
Q: I have a limited license in my state and am required to get CE credits. Are your credits approved for my state license?
A: The “ARRT does not certify or register Limited License Operators. Any continuing education requirements for these individuals are determined by the licensing board of that state. The requirements of each licensing state vary and the operator should contact the licensing board for clarification of their continuing education requirements.” However, in most if not all states, Category A credits that are accepted by the ARRT are also accepted for state reporting. The number of CE credits needed varies by state so check your state’s requirements.To the top
Q: I understand that there are new radiology CE requirements for newly registered technologists. Is this true?
A: Yes! “Effective January 1, 2002, a change was made assigning newly certified registrants a biennium start date upon their next birth month. A CE biennium will always end the last day of the month prior to the registrant’s birth month.”To the top
Q: If I fail to maintain my continuing education requirements and annual renewal with the ARRT, am I still a registered x-ray technologist?
A: If you have let your registry status lapse, you should call the ARRT to clarify your status. However, the ARRT states that “You may use the designation, R.T.(R)(ARRT) only if you are registered by the ARRT and only if you complete the annual renewal or reinstatement process.” A Radiographer who fails to complete their annual renewal or fails to complete CE probation status is considered not registered by the ARRT. “The registration for an individual will be dropped and the individual will no longer be identified as an ARRT registrant.” Any employer who researches your status on the ARRT website will not find your name if you are not registered.To the top
Q: How do I know the dates of my CE reporting cycle?
A: The ARRT determines your cycle dates; therefore, you must be in compliance with the dates found on your Application for Renewal of Registration form. CE report dates will end at the month before your biannual reporting cycle.To the top
Q: What if I only need 12 CEUS and I take more on your website?
A: You may take as many CE credits as you like, however, the “ARRT does not allow CE activities such as internet courses, home study programs or directed readings to be repeated for CE credit in the same or any subsequent biennium.” This means you cannot take the course again later for credit. Our website will not allow you to retest after completing a exam for which you are awarded credit. We cannot and will not be able to erase any course or exam for you or reset your account so that you can take the course again. Please only take courses you want and need!To the top
Q: I was on your website and took a course at 11:00 pm the last day of my reporting month. I took the test and passed it, but then the certificate stated that I took course the following month. I needed the course to avoid CE probation. Can you fix this problem for me so that I don’t have to be placed on CE probation?
A: Dear friend, this is a very unfortunate situation for you and we are deeply sorry that happened. However, we are unable to reset your certificate for course completion. The ARRT and the ASRT require the certificate be issued at the completion of the activity. So if you completed your test at 1 minute past midnight then it is technically the next day. Our website will put the day of completion on your certificate. We use Central Time (CT) in determining the time and date of completion. We cannot change your CE record! We advise you not to wait until the last day of the month to complete your biennium requirements. While we strive to keep our site online at all times, it is possible that something beyond our control may cause the site to be unavailable. If an unforeseen event takes place causing you a delay in acquiring CE credits we deeply apologize, but we cannot reset your certificate.To the top
Q: What is a Category A credit?
A: The ARRT defines what Category A credit is, however it is the RCEEM (Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism) who awards the CE Credit. The ARRT RCEEMs are: ACR, AHRA, AIUM, ASRT, CAMRT, RSNA, SDMS, SMRT, SNM-TS, AND SVU. The ARRT will accept RCEEM approved Category A credits. Always be sure you are only taking radiology CE credits that are approved for category A credit by a recognized RCEEM like the ASRT. If you get a certificate without an approval number, the credits are not valid for reporting. Our policy at CE Essentials, LLC is to submit all of our courses to the ASRT for approval. All of our courses are ASRT approved for Category A Credit.To the top
Q: What is a Category B credit?
A: The ARRT defines and awards Category B credit when “a CE activity is relevant to the Radiologic Sciences and/or patient care but has not been approved by one of the mechanisms identified above.” The process of approval through a RCEEM is lengthy and expensive and includes scrutiny for accuracy of information and grammar. Sometimes a CE sponsor may elect not to renew or update materials that were once approved for Category A credits. Instead they may offer these credits as Category B which is acceptable to the ARRT for continuing education. The sponsor of Category B credits must still issue you a certificate for the credits to be valid. After January 1, 2008 Category B credit may not be claimed to meet ARRT CE requirementsTo the top
Q: What should I do with my certificates for completed CE credits?
A: You must maintain your own CE records for one year after reporting your credits to the ARRT in case you are audited. If requested, you must provide proper documentation of CE activities to the ARRT within 30 days. Failure to do so could lead to your name being “dropped and the individual will no longer be identified as an ARRT registrant.” One of the benefits of CE Essentials is that you can log into your account and print your stored certificate anytime, even 5 or 10 years later. In case of an audit your CE record is available to you 24 hours a day.To the top
Q: How can I get a copy of my completed CE credits from CE Essentials if I am audited?
A: You should never send in your completion certificate unless you are audited. By logging into your account at CE Essentials you can print your certificates for your audit, for your files, for your employer, or on high quality paper if you choose! Your certificates are stored on our server and there is no cost to you to print. This is an important feature of our website membership since it is difficult to keep certificates for three or more years as a paper copy. The ARRT will select a sample of renewals for auditing purposes. If you are selected as part of the audit sample, you will receive notice in writing from the ARRT requesting copies of your CE documentation. Just log in, print your certificates, and send them in.To the top
Q: What is CE probation status by the ARRT?
A: Whenever a technologist fails to report the required number of continuing education credits required to maintain their registry status the ARRT may place that individual on CE probation. This is a category that allows the radiographer to remain registered, but documents their need to comply with the education requirement. If you are currently on CE probation you should prepare for the NEW requirement that went into effect January 1, 2008. The following is taken from the Annual Report to Registered Technologists – May 2007. “Starting January 1, 2008 registrants who fail to comply with the biennium requirements will still be placed on probation. But under the new rules, they will be required to complete and report to the ARRT within the next six months the CE credit they were lacking and to pay a $50 administration fee. They will remain registered during the six months, provided their application for renewal is received by the end of the birth month and they meet all other eligibility requirements.” This means that after January 1, 2008 you will no longer be required to complete 12 additional CE credits. Instead, if you fail to complete your CE requirement within the 6 month probation period you will have to take the written examination again. All registry categories will also be affected by your loss of primary registration. You should check the Annual Report to Registered Technologists for full details.To the top
Q: What is the best way to get my CE credits each year and avoid CE probation?
A: We encourage you to sign up for either our Two Year Unlimited Membership or our Annual Membership. Either way you will be able to acquire your CE credits on time and can provide verification in the event that you are audited.To the top
Q: My state has its own requirements for me to maintain a license to practice radiography in my state. Do these credits count towards my continuing education requirements of the ARRT?
A: The ARRT has many agreements with states that require CE credits for state license. For example, starting in 2007 the State of California accepts ARRT approved category A credits for state license. According the ARRT if the state regulatory agency is required by law to evaluate CE activity for their state and that agency has approved a continuing education activity, then it is counted as Category A credit by the ARRT; however, the activity is counted ONLY if you hold a license from the state that approved the activity. Currently there are 8 states that have ARRT approval to offer Category A credits that you may report for both state licensure and for ARRT registration. These states are: Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas, and New Mexico.To the top
Q: I live in one of the following states: California, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, or Texas. Can I use the continuing education on the CE Essentials website to report for my state licensure and to the ARRT?
A: Yes! ASRT approved category A credits are acceptable to the ARRT and for reporting in your state.
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Q: I am licensed in Iowa or Florida, can I use credits from CE Essentials for my state reporting?
A: Yes, many of our credits have additional approvals for Iowa and Florida! CE Essentials has submitted many of our ASRT approved CE credits to Iowa and Florida for additional approval by the licensing boards in those states. Completion certificates for Iowa approved credits will include the Iowa course approval number. Completion certificates for Florida approved articles will include the Florida provider number and course approval number. You can find a list of the credits approved by Iowa and/or Florida on our articles page.
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