Mammography Initial Training Next Steps

Below are resources to support mammography technologists and their breast imaging departments. Find information on mammography following completion of The Mammography Initial Training (MIT) 40-Hour Course, positioning techniques and problem-solving, regulatory requirements, breast cancer support and much more.

  • I Live In California

  • I Do Not Live In California

If you are a California resident, your steps are a little bit different:

  1. 1
    Download and review the California Mammography Requirements.
  2. 2
    Please go Here!
  3. 3
    Retain the California Radiologic Health Branch Contact Information for reference.
  4. 4
    Take the California mammography certification exam and pass it to receive your CRT(M) certification. Note: Applicants must have a current and valid California Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Certificate issued by the California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch (CDPH-RHB) to take this exam.
  5. 5
    Perform 25 mammograms under the direct supervision of a qualified instructor. This step is due to the FDA-MQSA regulations.
  6. 6
    Take the ARRT Mammography Exam.

After completing the steps above:

You will be eligible to apply for positions in the state of California as a mammography technologist. Note, qualifications vary by facility. You may encounter positions that just require the California mammography certification, CRT(M). Other positions may require that you hold the ARRT certificate in Mammography, ARRT(M). For example, here is a sample job posting for a position in California:

“Current CRT and ARRT certification. Must have current Mammography certification for both the State and ARRT. If no ARRT certificate in Mammography, they must obtain within six months of hire”.

As part of the application for ARRT(M), there is a clinical experience requirement which states that you must perform 75 mammographic examinations (these 75 examinations are in addition to the 25 examinations that are required by the initial MQSA mammography requirements).

For more information from ARRT on State Licensing click HERE.

We know this is a lot of information, but hope that it’s helpful! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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