Under state law, only licensed physicians or persons who hold a RT license issued by the Commonwealth may apply radiation to human beings for the purpose of medical diagnosis or treatment. Under the RT Licensing Program, individuals who have graduated from a two year accredited program in Radiologic Technology, and have passed either the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) or Nuclear Medicine Technologists Certification Board (NMTCB) exams are eligible to be licensed to practice Radiologic Technology in Massachusetts. Students who have graduated from a two-year program and are eligible to take one of the exams, but have not yet taken it, may be issued a one-year temporary license to practice in Massachusetts.

Individuals who have graduated from a two year accredited program in Radiologic Technology, but do not have ARRT certification, may write the MA examination in order to seek licensure. The MA exam is administered for the Department under contract by the ARRT.

Initial full licenses and renewal licenses are issued for a two-year period, with the expiration date occurring on the last day of the applicant's birth month. During these two years, continuing education credits (CEUs) must be earned, and 10% of licensees invoiced for renewal are audited for compliance with the CEU requirements.


This information is provided by the Radiation Control Program within the Department of Public Health.