MOS 68P Radiology Specialist

MOS Description

The radiology specialist operates fixed and portable radiology equipment or supervises radiology activities. MOS 68P personnel require good eye hand coordination and manual dexterity, no aversion to the sight of blood and be able to stand for long periods of time. For more information on MOS 68P, see this Army website.

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In Demand

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Skill Level

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Star

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Mandatory

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Proponent Funded

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CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

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Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

Click here to go to Radiography (R) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), Radiography (R) is a mid-level certification. Radiographers apply ionizing radiation to demonstrate portions of the human body - on a radiograph, fluoroscopic screen, or other imaging system - to assist physicians in diagnosis of disease and injury. The knowledge and skills covered by the examination is distributed among five major content areas: radiation protection, equipment operation and quality control, image production and evaluation, radiographic procedures, patient care and education. Candidates must have at least an Associate's degree and clinical experience to be eligible for the Radiography examination. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) certification validates skills and knowledge required for diagnostic tests on patients using imaging equipment such as gamma cameras. Nuclear Medicine Technologists work directly with patients and under the supervision of a physician, explaining procedures to patients, administering radioactive substances to patients, producing the images on a computer screen or on film for a physician to interpret, taking precautions to limit radiation exposure to the patient and self, and may also document laboratory operations and participate in scheduling patient examinations. This is a mid-level certification. There are several routes to meet the education and experience requirements including completion of NMTCB recognized nuclear medicine technology program or completion of certificate, associate degree or baccalaureate degree in nuclear medicine technology program from a regionally accredited academic institution, or completion of a Master's degree program from a regionally accredited academic institution.
Click here to go to Computed Tomography (CT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), Computed Tomography (CT) is a high-level certification. CTs specialize in using ionizing radiation to produce cross-sectional images to help doctors diagnose and treat patients in hospitals, clinics, labs, and outpatient centers. Candidates must meet several of ARRT's education and experience eligibility requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) certification recognizes individuals who are qualified to perform the role of an MRI technologist. MRI technologists are responsible for obtaining the best images possible using magnetic resonance imaging and providing patient support during imaging procedures. Candidates may earn the MR certification using a Primary Pathway or a PostPrimary Pathway. Candidates for the MR certification must meet educational and experiential requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Mammography (M) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), Mammography (M) certification is for individuals who have the knowledge and skills to provide the highest level of patient care as a Mammographer. Mammographers operate specialized equipment, obtaining images that help physicians detect breast cancer and other breast diseases in their earliest stages. To earn the M certification, candidates must hold an appropriate supporting credential, meet a structured education requirement, and meet a clinical experience requirement. Candidates must also pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Nuclear Medicine Technology (N) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), Nuclear Medicine Technology (N) certification is a mid-level certification. Nuclear Medicine Technologists prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals to patients and use a camera or scanner to create images of the locations where the radiopharmaceutical localizes and emits photons in the body. Candidates must have at least an Associate's degree and clinical experience to be eligible for the exam. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Sonography (S) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), Sonography (S) is a mid-level certification. Sonographers use nonionizing, highfrequency sound waves to image portions of the human body to assist physicians in making diagnoses. The knowledge and skills covered by the examination is distributed among five major content areas: Patient Care, Physical Principles of Ultrasound, Abdominal Procedures, Obstetrical and Gynecological Procedures, and Superficial Structures and Other Sonographic Procedures. Candidates must have at least an Associate's degree and clinical experience to be eligible for the Sonography certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Vascular Interventional Radiography (VI) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), Vascular Interventional Radiography (VI) certification is for individuals who are qualified to perform the role of a Vascular Interventional Radiographer. Vascular Interventional Radiographers assist physicians with minimally invasive, image-guided vascular procedures, including angioplasty, stenting, thrombolysis, and more. Using sophisticated fluoroscopic equipment, Vascular Interventional Radiographers are responsible for capturing images of the blood vessels. To earn the VI certification, candidates must hold an appropriate supporting credential, meet a structured education requirement, hold current basic life support (BLS) certification, and meet a clinical experience requirement. Candidates must also pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA), Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) certification is tailored to medical imaging administration, focusing on all aspects of imaging management in a range of practice settings. CRAs possess knowledge in human resource management, asset resource management, fiscal management, operations management, and communication and information management. To obtain the CRA certification, applicants must satisfy a point system requirement with points earned through a combination of experience, education, and/or credentials. Applicants must also pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified PACS Associate (CPAS) COOL Snapshot page.

The Certified PACS Associate (CPAS) is an entry-level certification for PACS technicians. CPAS have the technical and clinical knowledge and skills to support the work of healthcare imaging offices. There are no minimum education, training, or experience requirements.
Click here to go to Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII), Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP) certification recognizes well-trained professionals who demonstrate knowledge and competence in imaging informatics, also sometimes referred to as radiology informatics or medical imaging informatics. CIIPs provide the unique blend of technical, clinical, and business skills to improve the efficiency and usability of medical images exchanged throughout healthcare systems. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements based on a point system that encompasses a combination of experience, formal education, credentials, and continuing education and pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Cardiac Interventional Radiography (CI) COOL Snapshot page.

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High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
Bright Outlook – new job opportunities are very likely in the future for this job

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