X-ray OperatorAs of Jan. 1, 2008:
- Those who are not Licensed Practitioners of the Healing Arts who want to take x-rays on humans in Minnesota and are not already certified to do so, must pass the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT) Limited Scope X-ray Operator Exam, as specified in Rule parts 4732.0570 to 4732.0585.
- Those who passed the Minnesota X-ray Operator Exam prior to Jan. 1, 2008 are grandfathered in and do not have to take this exam.
Industrial Radiographers should not take the Limited Scope Exam, but instead the Industrial Radiographer Exam. A downloadable application is listed below under Examination Process.
- Download Application (PDF: 361KB/ 2 pages), complete and send to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
- Include a $100.00 money order or cashiers check payable to “ARRT” with form
- Include a $25.00 money order or cashiers check payable to the “Minnesota Department of Health” with form. We strongly recommend sending this as Certified Mail. Both fees must be mailed to MDH, must be separate certified check or money orders, and are nonrefundable. Combining payments will result in a delay in processing by 60 days. Please allow 30 days for processing between the State and ARRT.
- MDH will review the application, forward approved applications and fee to ARRT, and mail approval letter to the applicant.
- ARRT will send approved applicants appropriate testing materials. Applicants will have 90 days in which to take the test.
- MDH will notify approved applicants of their test scores and issue certification of which areas were passed, passing rate is 70% for the core AND each module. The core plus one module must be passed to satisfy the state requirements.
- If an applicant fails a section, they will need to retest if they want to do x-rays of that anatomical region. If the core is failed, it will need to be retested before any x-rays can be done. The fees will be the same. Once a section is passed, it does not have to be retaken.
Exemptions: The following individuals are exempt from taking the Limited Scope X-ray exam: Licensed Practitioners of the Healing Arts, RT’s registered with ARRT, Veterinary techs/assistants, Chiropractic RT, Licensed Dental Assistants, Licensed Dental Hygenists, CRNAs, certified Nuclear Medicine Techs doing PET/SPECT CT, Industrial Radiographers (must take the Industrial Radiography exam), and ARRT Limited Operators from other states.
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ARRT - American Registry of Radiological Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota 55120-1155
- Pearson VUE Test Locations
- Testing Accommodations guidelines (PDF: 60KB/3 pages)
- Testing Accommodations form (PDF: 148KB/1 page)
Limited Scope Exam - The limited scope exam is made up of a core and the following positioning modules: chest, skull/sinus, spine, extremities and podiatry. Total questions, 210. Limited Scope Exam Handbook.
Bone Density Exam - The bone density limited scope exam is made up of a core and the following position modules: finger, heel, forearm, lumbar spine and proximal femur. Total questions, 60. Bone Density Exam Handbook.
Grandfathered In X-ray Operators - If you passed the Minnesota X-ray Operator Exam prior to January 1, 2008, you are grandfathered in and do not have to take the exam. If you need proof of certification, the MDH does not have a copy. Please contact your school, previous employer, or the appropriate test provider.
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X-ray Operator Educational Resources
The Minnesota Department of Health, Radiation Control Program X-ray Unit has compiled a list of educational programs from various sources. This list is not exclusive and many other educational resources may be available. The Minnesota Department of Health does not endorse any part of this list and is not responsible for the content of any of these educational sources.
Home Study Courses:
|X-ray Operator textbook course||Eugene Frank
|- Radiography Essentials for Limited Practice, 4th edition.
- Workbook for Radiography Essentials for Limited Practice, 4th edition.
|Basic Radiography for X-ray Operators||Patricia Raths
|Adjunct Instructor at Argosy University, Copyright Unpublished Work © Patricia M. Raths|
|Radiological Educational Services||800-966-0452||www.reshomestudy.com|
|Radiographic Operations Consulting||800-929-8709||www.radedbyroc.com|
|Glacier Valley Medical Education||360-327-3224||www.glaciermedicaled.com|
|The X-Ray Lady||502-425-0651||www.x-raylady.com|
List of schools with Radiology programs:
Minnesota Radiology Schools (PDF: 86KB/3 pages)
Limited Scope X-ray Course
May 20 to June 28
|Dakota Cty Tech College Rosemount||Gene Frank
|Limited X-ray Machine Operators Course||
Mar 22 - 25
88 hour course
|Eastern MT AHEC-Riverstone Health||Claudia Janecek
|Limited Scope X-ray Course||Mar 12 to Apr 18||Anoka Technical College||Laura Cleveland
|Limited Scope X-ray Course||June 12 to Aug 8
June 12 to Aug 9
Oct 18 to Dec 13
White Bear Lake
|X-ray Operator Course||Contact for upcoming class schedules||Contact for locations||Pat Raths
|- 28 wks classroom
- 8 wks externship
- 36 wks total
|Anthem College||Eric Langness
|Basic X-Ray Techniques Course||80 hour course||Univ of North Dakota||Kelly Hollands
|Basic X-Ray Techniques Online Course||- 6 wks online
- 1 weekend clinical
|Bismarck State College|| 701-224-5639
North Dakota Operator’s exams: We have included the courses for the North Dakota exam as a resource for the Limited Scope exam. In order to be certified as a North Dakota Operator, these courses must be passed, the test given at the end of the course must be passed and a three-month clinical competency period is required. The three-month clinical competency cannot be done in Minnesota.Available for Limited Scope exam questions:
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Radiographic Essentials for Limited Practice, by Bruce Long
Bone Densitometry for Technologists, by Sydney Bonnick
Radiation Protection in Medical Radiography
Principles of Radiographic Imaging, by Richard R. Carlton and Arlene McKenna Adler
Radiographic Imaging & Exposure, by Terri L. Fauber
Radiation Protection in Medical Radiography, by Mary Alice Statkiewicz-Sherer
Merrill's Atlas of Radiographic Positioning, by Eugene D. Frank, Bruce W. Long, and Barbara J. Smith
Bontrager's Pocket Atlas-Handbook of Radiographic Positioning and Techniques, by Kenneth L. Bontrager
Patient Care in Radiology
Patient Care in Radiography, by Ruth Ann Ehrlich, Ellen Doble McCloskey, and Joan A. Daly
X-ray Machine Operator Course textbooks
Radiography Essentials for Limited Practice, by Eugene D. Frank et al
Workbook for Radiography Essentials for Limited Practice, by Eugene D. Frank et al
Basic Radiography for X-ray Operators, by Pat Raths
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