X-ray Operator - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Limited Scope X-ray Operator and
Bone Densitometry Exams

Limited Scope X-ray Operator Exam and Application

Limited Scope X-ray Operator exam testing may be available after May 1, 2020 and beyond if conditions allow. For questions, please visit Pearson VUE website.

The ARRT offices are temporarily closed until May 1, 2020, or whenever conditions are deemed safe to return to work. For questions, please visit the ARRT website for more information.

Examination Process

  1. Download application above.
  2. Include a $25.00 money order or cashier’s check payable to Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) with the application. Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
  3. MDH recommends typing or writing legibly on this application and sending it Certified Mail.
  4. MDH will review the application, and send a letter by mail or email to the applicant regarding next steps and payment to ARRT.
  5. After receiving notification from MDH, the applicant will pay the ARRT fee of $140.00 by credit card on their website, or by money order or cashier’s check via mail to ARRT. Effective 1/1/20, the ARRT fee increased from $125.00 to $140.00.
  6. ARRT will send applicants the exam materials. Applicants will have 90 days in which to take the exam. MDH strongly recommends scheduling an exam right away, as exam sites fill up quickly.
  7. MDH will notify approved applicants of their exam scores and passing exams. Passing rate is 70% for the core AND each module.

Important Reminders

  • Limited Scope X-ray Operators must not operate fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT), cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), mammography or perform x-ray procedures where contrast media is used.
  • Individuals 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 Minnesota Rules, Chapters 4732.0570 to 4732.0585.
  • Those who passed the Minnesota X-ray Operator Exam on or prior to Jan. 1, 2008 are grandfathered in and do not have to take this exam. If you need proof of certification, MDH does not have a copy. Please contact your school, previous employer, or the appropriate test provider.
  • Limited Scope X-ray Operator applicants must pass the Core Exam and the respective region of anatomy module exam(s) before performing x-rays. You must pass the Core Exam before taking x-rays on any passed modules.
  • If an applicant fails a module, they will need to retake and pass in order to take x-rays of that anatomical region.
  • The fees and application process is the same for the initial application and the retake application. Once a module or exam is passed, it does not have to be retaken.
  • If an extension to the 90-day test window is needed, requests should be received one week prior to the window expiration date.
  • Only 10 application payments can be made per cashier check or money order.
  • For online payments, a separate username and password needs to be created for each applicant. A business or school making an online payment for multiple applicants cannot use the same username and password for all their applicants.
  • If a current application for the Radiologic Technologist (RT) Exam, Limited Scope, or Bone Density Exams is pending, applicants cannot apply for another exam until the pending exam is passed and/orapplication is closed.
  • To close an application, the applicant needs to send a written request to ARRT. At that time, the applicant agrees to forfeit their fees. When approved by ARRT, the applicant can resubmit a new application and the old application is closed.


ARRT - American Registry of Radiological Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota 55120-1155

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.


Class Location Contact Information
Limited Scope X-ray Operator Online Course Radiology Education Gene Frank
Limited Scope Operators Prep Course Onsite at your facility Brian Hall
Quality Radiologic Consultants
Online Limited Radiography Program for the Chiropractic Assistant   952-885-5446
Northwestern Health Services University
Basic X-Ray Techniques RiverStone Health,
Nikole Bakko
RiverStone Health

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Home Study Courses

Course Contact Information Course Information
Limited Scope
X-ray Course
Ann Watson
Radiology Education Online
ASRT Bone Densitometry Basics 800-444-2778 American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)
X-ray CE 866-405-9729 X-RAY CE
Radiological Educational Services 800-966-0452 Radiologic Educational Services
Radiographic Operations Consulting 800-929-8709 Radiographic Operations Consulting
Glacier Valley Medical Education 360-327-3224 Glacier Valley Medical Education
SelfDirectedCE Mark Hohman
The X-ray Lady 502-425-0651 X-ray Lady
Gage Continuing Education 877-775-4243
Gage Continuing Education
CE4RT 657-222-0111
Texting Available
RADCEUS info@radceus.com RADCEUS
Take CE LLC 214-937-9956
Get Your CEU 817-781-8289
Get Your CEU

Educational Books

Basic Radiography
Basic Radiography for X-ray Operators, Copyright Unpublished Work © Patricia M. Raths, Adjunct Instructor at Argosy University

Bone Densitometry
Bone Densitometry for Technologists, by Sydney Bonnick
Principles of Bone Densitometry: A Study Guide for the ARRT Bone Densitometry Certification Exam, by Jean M. Fisher and Donna H. Smith

Patient Care in Radiology
Patient Care in Radiography, by Ruth Ann Ehrlich, Ellen Doble McCloskey, and Joan A. Daly

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

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

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

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Updated Tuesday, 28-Apr-2020 09:53:23 CDT