Radiologic Nursing Certification Board, Inc. | Re-certification

Re-Certification

Congratulations on your decision to become re-certified in Radiologic Nursing in Imaging, Interventional, and Therapeutic Environments. Download the Guidelines for Certification & Re-certification Handbook to assist you in preparing your application materials.

There are a number of forms that you will need to prepare ahead of time to complete the online process, so we recommend you gather all the information together before you begin the application or re-application process.  Please note:  you will NOT be able to save the application document and return to it, so it is important to have all necessary documents ready before you start the application. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

A complete application includes the following items:

  • Fully completed Re-certification application form
  • Proof of current ARIN Membership with expiration date (if applicable)-printed screenshot from www.arinursing.org is acceptable
  • Copy of current nursing license - printed screenshot showing name and expiration date from licensing body is acceptable
  • Completed contact hour documentation form included with application. If you prefer a workable Excel file you can download it from the Resources Section of our website; Please note, for re-certification, there must be a minimum of 60 hours recorded on this form.
  • Appropriate payment amount, including any late fees that apply (see the Fees section in this document for late fee dates that may apply)

Fees

Re-certification

  • ARIN MEMBERS-$300 (Application Fee $25 + Re-certification Fee $275)
  • NON MEMBERS-$425(Application Fee $25 + Re-certification Fee $400)

Late Fee: $125 Re-certification applications received less than 60 days prior to certification expiration date.  The late fee must be included with registration after the established deadlines. Application fee, late fee and special fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to another year.

Certified Radiology Nurse Exam Information

Effective October 2018 the Certified Radiology Nurse (CRN) exam will be a computer-based exam consisting of 150 multiple choice questions.  Starting in 2019 the CRN exam will be administered twice annually, during the month of April and during the month of October.  Candidates, once approved to sit for the exam will be provided with the information for booking their exam at a date and location of their convenience.  To prepare for the exam please Download the CRN Exam BluePrint Radiology Practice Modality Areas.

Reexamination Fee (Failed Test-first retake attempt only)

  • ARIN Member Rate - $300.00 ($25.00 application fee is waived for first retake)
  • Non-Member Rate - $400.00 ($25.00 application fee is waived for first retake)

Non-refundable Late Fee - $45.00 (in addition to application and all other fees) The RNCB will accept late applications up to 14 days past the application deadline with the additional payment of the late fee; this fee applies to member and nonmember rates.  Anyone submitting to retake the exam for a second time will pay full fees, including the application fee.

Incomplete Applications

Incomplete applications delay the review process and may preclude you from sitting for the examination. Incomplete applications will be held in a pending file until resolved.

Applicants will be notified of "pending" status in the event of incomplete applications by traceable means within 5 business days of receipt of the incomplete application.  Applicants will be requested to submit the missing materials within 5 business days.  Applicants will not be sent candidate materials until the applications are completed. RNCB will not process incomplete applications.

The continuing education requirements may be met by using in service classes, grand rounds, academic credits, CME credits, and continuing education programs related to the specialty of radiology nursing practice. It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain certificates, transcripts, and other documentation and maintain this documentation in case of an RNC audit to verify participation in continuing education activities. 

BLS, PALS, NALS, ENLS, ARLS and ACLS certification and re-certification are counted toward radiology certification and re-certification, effective July 2017. These credits will apply only once per certification and/or re-certification, duplicate years of the same course are not counted during the certification and/or re-certification process.

The application will not be processed without all required documents and fees. The application must be received on or before the application deadline. 

All practice requirements must be completed by the date on the application. All practice requirements past and/or present must have been met while the applicant had an active registered nurse license in the state or territory in which practice occurred.

All requirements regarding number of hours practiced apply to practice as a licensed registered nurse only. You may not count any hours in which you practiced as a licensed practical nurse, a licensed vocational nurse, a graduate nurse, or those contained in educational preparation/training programs.

We recommend that you make copies of all your application materials for your own records. All application materials become the property of RNCB and cannot be returned.

Click here to register for the Re-Certification Application