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NJDEP-Bureau of X-Ray Compliance


Scope of Practice:

A licensed diagnostic radiologic technologist is permitted to perform all types of diagnostic x-ray procedures. This includes radiographic, bone densitometry and computerized axial tomography procedures. A licensed diagnostic radiologic technologist is also permitted to operate fluoroscopic equipment provided that a licensed physician is in the room and directing the procedure. The following tasks have been identified within the scope of practice of a licensed diagnostic radiologic technologist: positioning of the patient for a diagnostic radiographic procedure, measuring the patient, aligning the x-ray tube to the image receptor, setting tube distance and exposure factors, exercising proper principles of radiation protection and making the exposure.

Educational Requirement:

Completion of a 24 month course of study in a diagnostic radiography program approved by the Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners (Board) or its equivalent as determined by the Board. For a list of Board approved schools click here. The Board has determined that a graduate of a Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredited program is an equivalent program. For a list of JRCERT accredited programs, go to If you did not complete a Board or JRCERT approved program, you must submit information contained in the examination/license appendix.

Examination Eligibility:

To be eligible for an examination, you must successfully complete a Board approved educational program or it's equivalent. Eligible candidate should apply directly to the American Registry for Radiologic Technology (ARRT) for examination. (The Board requires minimum passing score of 75% on the ARRT exam.)

If you are ineligible for the ARRT examination you can apply to the Board for its examination.

License Application and Requirements:

To become licensed in diagnostic radiologic technology, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age at the time of the application;
  2. Complete at least a high school level education in the United States or its equivalent;
  3. Complete the above educational requirement
  4. Be of good moral character as determined by the Board;
  5. Pass a Board approved examination or an equivalent examination* or hold a current ARRT certification; and
  6. Submit to the Department a complete application

* If you passed another state's examination, you must submit proof of a current state diagnostic radiography license and information from that state agency regarding its licensing examination.

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