Becoming a Cath Lab Tech, Part 1

This is the first article of a two-part series on becoming a Cath Lab Tech.

There are two different paths that can be taken when pursuing a career as a Cath Lab Tech; the first is through a Radiologic Technology (RT) certification from The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

What is a Radiologic Technologist?

In general, Radiologic Technologists, also known as Rad Techs or RTs, perform diagnostic imaging tests and administer radiation therapy. In the Cath Lab, RTs operate imaging equipment, administer contrast, assist the physician with all procedures, monitor the patient, and more.

What are the education requirements?

In order to become certified, you must first earn an Associate’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution recognized by ARRT. If your degree is not in radiologic sciences, you must also complete an education program in Radiography before applying for your certification.

How do I earn my RT certification?

Upon completion and verification of your education program, you’ll be ready for the final step in the process: the examination. After you take the exam, you’ll receive preliminary results and then a final score within three weeks. If you don’t pass, you can take the exam up to two more times at any point during the first three years after your initial attempt.

What’s next?

After you’ve passed your exam, you’ll be required to renew your certification annually. To further your career potential, you can also pursue a post-primary certification in Cardiac-Interventional Radiography from ARRT.  To earn this certification, you must perform a minimum of 150 repetitions of cardiac-interventional procedures and complete 16 hours of structured education.

For more specific information on the certification process, be sure to check out the ARRT website.

At CardioSolution, we’re always on the lookout for quality Cath Lab Tech candidates to fill open positions across the country. If you’re looking for your next opportunity, check out our job board or give us a call at 866-755-7519.