FAQ's about NMTCB(CT)

Why did the NMTCB create this exam?
What qualifies the NMTCB to write a CT exam?
Can I take the CT exam before the NMTCB or ARRT(N) exam?
How much will it cost to sit for this exam?
When will this exam be available?
What will be on the exam?
What does it mean to have NMTCB(CT) certification
Does this credential allow technologists to perform diagnostic CT's or just for attenuation correction?
Will this credential be mandatory?
How many questions are on the exam?
Can clinical requirements all be completed while being a student?
How do I count clinical hours if I work in a department that has a general nuclear medicine scanner without CT, in addition to a SPECT/CT scanner?
Are there a required number of competencies that must be obtained?
Why do you require 700 hours for the PET exam and only 500 hours for the CT exam?
What are the didactic (continuing education) requirements?
What is a contact hour?
Do the CT classes I took during my nuclear medicine program qualify for meeting the didactic requirements?
Where else can I get the didactic (contact) hours?
The facility in which I work recently acquired a new SPECT/CT scanner. Can our applications training count toward the didactic requirement?
I graduated in May of 2011 (or before). I had a CT course, as well as a cross sectional anatomy course. Will these courses count?
How do I document the didactic (contact) hours requirements?
Will I be required to maintain my nuclear medicine credentials in order to remain CT certified?
How many continuing education credits will I need to earn to maintain the CT credential?
Will I have to re-take the exam after a certain period of time?
Is this exam different from the ARRT CT exam?
Why are you designating this exam as "entry-level" CT exam?
I currently hold an ARRT(CT) credential. What are the requirements for me to sit for this exam? Is there any grandfathering?
Who verifies or signs off on my clinical hours?
How does my program director (or supervisor or physician) verify my hours?
What is the rationale for requiring 500 hours in lieu of a minimum number of procedures?


Back to Top Why did the NMTCB create this exam?
The vision of the NMTCB is to be the certifying examination of choice for nuclear medicine technologists. Many employers are requiring nuclear medicine technologists to be certified in CT as well in order to practice as a nuclear medicine technologist. The NMTCB Board decided that in order to live up to its vision and its responsibilities in ensuring the safe delivery of care, offering an examination in CT was necessary.

Back to Top What qualifies the NMTCB to write a CT exam?
The NMTCB has over 35 years of proven exam writing experience. We have had significant experience in assembling a team of subject matter experts to write a comprehensive exam for the purpose of demonstrating respective qualifications.

Back to Top Can I take the CT exam before the NMTCB or ARRT(N) exam?
No, you must be certified or registered as a nuclear medicine technologist prior to taking the CT exam.

Back to Top How much will it cost to sit for this exam?
The application fee will be US $180.00 and there will be an annual fee of US $35.00 to renew certification.

Back to Top When will this exam be available?
We plan to begin accepting applications at the SNMMI Annual Meeting in St. Louis in June 2014. The first administration of this exam is scheculed for November 15, 2014.

Back to Top What will be on the exam?
A content outline of the exam will be available by January 31, 2014.

Back to Top What does it mean to have NMTCB(CT) certification
NMTCB(CT) certification demonstrates CT qualifications. It is an extension of the NMTCB nuclear medicine certification exam.

Back to Top Does this credential allow technologists to perform diagnostic CT's or just attenuation correction?
It is up to the state and facility to determine the qualifications for technologists. The NMTCB nuclear medicine certification exam is currently recognized in every state that requires certification for nuclear medicine technologists. We anticipate this NMTCB(CT) credential to be recognized by every state that requires CT certification.

Back to Top Will this credential be mandatory?
It is up to states and facilities to determine qualifications. The NMTCB is providing this exam because many facilities and states are beginning to require CT certification.

Back to Top How many questions are on the exam?
The exam will consist of 200 multiple choice questions.

Back to Top Can clinical requirements all be completed while being a student?
Yes. Clinical requirements can be obtained as an employee, volunteer or a student.

Back to Top How do I count clinical hours if I work in a department that has a general nuclear medicine scanner without CT, in addition to a SPECT/CT scanner?
You count only those hours that you are working using a CT scanner (SPECT/CT, PET/CT or CT).

Back to Top Are there a required number of competencies that must be obtained?
No. You only need to demonstrate that you have 500 hours of clinical experience on a CT scanner (SPECT/CT, PET/CT and/or CT).

Back to Top Why do you require 700 hours for the PET exam and only 500 hours for the CT exam?
These exams are designed for different purposes. The PET exam establishes expertise in the field of PET. The CT exam establishes competency in the field of CT.

Back to Top What are the didactic (or continuing education) requirements?
35 contact hours are required with a minimum of 4 hours in each of the following categories: CT radiation safety, contrast administration, cross sectional anatomy, X-Ray physics. The remainder must be CT related and all hours must be obtained within three years immediately prior to application for the exam.

Back to Top What is a contact hour?
One hour of continuing education is equivalent to one contact hour. If you are taking a class at an accredited college or university, then one credit hour is usually equivalent to about 15-16 contact hours. You should contact your professor to confirm this understanding.

Back to Top Do the CT classes I took during my nuclear medicine program qualify for meeting the didactic requirements?
Yes, as long as they were completed within the three years immediately prior to application. Otherwise, you would need to obtain additional hours.

Back to Top Where else can I get the didactic (contact) hours?
From an accredited college or a continuing education source approved by any of the organizations listed in our CE Policy.

Back to Top The facility in which I work recently acquired a new SPECT/CT scanner. Can vendor applications training count toward the didactic requirement?
Yes, as long as it is approved for CE by one of the organizations listed in our CE Policy, and as long as the topics meet our requirements.

Back to Top I graduated in May of 2011 (or before). I had a CT course, as well as a cross sectional anatomy course. Will these courses count?
No. All of the requirements must be completed within 3 years immediately prior to application. Applications to sit for the exam will be accepted starting in June of 2014; therefore anything completed prior to June of 2011 may not be used.

Back to Top How do I document the didactic (contact) hours requirements?
If you took a college course, you would supply your transcript verifying that you took and passed the course. If your hours are from continuing education, you would supply your VOICE or other transcript or certificate.

Back to Top Will I be required to maintain my nuclear medicine credentials in order to remain CT certified?
Yes. You can only renew your CT certification if you maintain active nuclear medicine certification/registration.

Back to Top How many continuing education credits will I need to obtain in order to maintain the CT credential?
You will be required to obtain 12 CEU's every two years that are specific to CT. This is in addition to the 24 hours you are required to obtain every two years to maintain your nuclear medicine certification.

Back to Top Will I have to re-take the exam after a certain period of time?
No, as long as you obtain your continuing education, complete the annual renewal process and stay in good standing, you will remain certified.

Back to Top Is this exam different from the ARRT CT exam?
This CT exam is for nuclear medicine technologists for the purpose of verifying competence in performing CT procedures. Currently, this exam is only for certified or registered nuclear medicine technologists. The NMTCB(CT) requires 500 clinical hours and 35 classroom hours. The ARRT(CT) exam requires 125 scans and no classroom hours. (In 2016, the ARRT(CT) exam will require 16 classroom hours.)

Back to Top Why are you designating this exam as "entry-level" CT exam?
This exam is different from the PET and NCT exams offered by the NMTCB. Both of those exams establish expertise in the field of PET and Nuclear Cardiology respectively. Currently, there is no exam that establishes expertise in CT. While the NMTCB(CT) exam verifies knowledge and competency in CT, it is not designed to assess specialized expertise.

Back to Top I currently hold an ARRT(CT) credential. What are the requirements for me to sit for this exam? Is there any grandfathering?
This is an exam for nuclear medicine technologists. You will need to also have CNMT, ARRT(N), or CAMRT(N) credential to take this exam.. For those who hold NMTCB CNMT credentials and also hold ARRT(CT) credentials, we will waive the 35 hour didactic education requirement for up to one year from the date the NMTCB starts accepting applications for this exam. After this time period, this waiver provision will expire and the eligibility requirements will be the same for all applicants.

Back to Top Who verifies or signs off on my clinical hours?
Your program director, technical supervisor or the supervising physician with whom you are working can sign off on the clinical hours. In addition, they may also be verified by your human resources department. When we receive your application, we will write to the respective sources to ask for verification.

Back to Top How does my program director (or supervisor or physician) verify my hours?
They will be asked to supply a signed attestation stating the number of hours and the dates those hours were performed. They must also verify that the hours were done in PET/CT, SPECT/CT and/or CT.

Back to Top What is the rationale for requiring 500 hours in lieu of a minimum number of procedures?
It is possible to perform a minimum number of procedures very quickly under certain circumstances without gaining much experience. The NMTCB established a minimum number of clinical hours (as well as classroom hours) to ensure that the technologist was exposed to the field and gained a minimum amount of required experience.