FREE for OSRT Members
$15 for Non-Members
OSRT is now offering a 1 .0 credit online Cultural Competency course for members and non-members to complete at their own pace. To earn your CE credit, view a 42-minute video created and presented by three Imaging and Therapy professionals from Oregon and take an 8 question quiz (3 attempts to achieve 75% or better).
This course is accessible until December 1st, 2023.
All medical imaging licensees and permit holders upon each renewal with OBMI must complete a minimum of one hour of continuing education that meets the criteria for cultural competency education.
What agencies are involved in the CE requirements for Rad Techs?
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) is our national certifying/registering body for Rad Techs. They administer your initial board exam and register you, and they require 24 continuing education hours (CEs) every 2 years at your renewal. These CEs can be approved and/or created by the ASRT or other entities.The Oregon Board of Medical Imaging (OBMI) is Oregon’s state governmental office that licenses ARRT-registered techs to practice radiography in Oregon. It is a requirement to hold an Oregon license from the OBMI in order to work as a Rad Tech in Oregon. The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) is the national professional society which creates, markets and approves CE content and provides lots of other benefits to imaging and therapy professionals across the country.The Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT) is your state affiliate of the ASRT which provides CE to members and anyone else who wants to participate. We put on conferences and have developed online CEs, all of which are approved by the ASRT for credit, which makes the CE activities accepted by the ARRT at your national registration renewal time.
Why is Cultural Competency now a requirement?
In late 2021, the Oregon state legislature passed a rule that ALL licensed patient care professionals in the state (nurses, chiropractors, respiratory therapists, massage therapists, ALL health care practitioners) MUST do SOME credit hours covering cultural competency topics, and that each individual board (i.e. OBMI) gets to decide how to implement that rule.
How does the OSRT factor into the new CE requirements?
When the new regulations were under review, the OSRT recommended to the OBMI that they make it very simple and only require 1 hour of cultural competency to make it easy to comply with and track at license renewal time. We also worked to make sure it counted toward your regular CE requirement (e.g. not loaded ON TOP of what is already required of techs). Notifications of this new requirement were sent out to our members and contacts and we had the online CE ready as soon as the rule went into effect.
How does the OSRT Cultural Competency credit course work?
OSRTs Cultural Competency course has been ASRT approved and so it counts toward your regular 24 credits/2 years required by the ARRT, and ALSO meets the OBMI state requirement for 1 hour of cultural competency CE.
Can I get cultural competency credit from my work?
There are lots of employers who are providing modules and short sessions you complete at work covering cultural competency, but they are most often NOT approved by the ASRT and so cannot be used for your regular 24/2 years CE requirement for the ARRT renewal. They may or may not be adequate to meet the OBMI requirement.