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During the 2013 year, 171 exams were administered at multiple special testing sites across the United States.  136 (80%) passed and 35 (20%) failed.  Of the 171 155 were first-time exams, 15 were repeat exams, and one was a recertifying exam.  


2016 Certification Results

During the 2016 year, 161 exams were administered at multiple special testing sites across the United States. 128 (80%) passed and 33 (20%) failed. 
During the 2016 year 241 individuals recertified and 146 did not recertify. 

2015 Certification Results

During the 2015 year, 147 exams were administered at multiple special testing sites across the United States. 126 (82%) passed and 28 (18%) failed. 
During the 2015 year 171 individuals recertified and 130 did not recertify.

2014 Certification Results

During the 2014 year, 147 exams were administered at multiple special testing sites across the United States. 116 (74%) passed and 31 (26%) failed. 
During the 2014 year 189 individuals recertified and 117 did not recertify. 

2013 Certification Results

During the 2013 year, 171 exams were administered at multiple special testing sites across the United States.  136 (80%) passed and 35 (20%) failed.   
During the 2013 year 115 individuals recertified and 99 did not recertify. 

2012 Certification Results

During the 2012 year, 165 exams were administered at multiple special testing sites across the United States. 134 (81%) passed and 31 (19%) failed.

2011 Certification Results

During the 2011 year, 160 exams were administered at multiple special testing sites across the United States. 131 (82%) passed and 29 (18%) failed.

2013 Recertification Results

In the year 2013, 128 nurses submitted recertification applications to retain their CRN credential.  124 candidates were awarded recertification.  

2012 Recertification Numbers

In the year 2012, 116 nurses submitted recertification applications for Radiology Certified Nurse. 115 candidates were awarded recertification.  

2011 Recertification Numbers

In the year 2011, 143 nurses submitted recertification applications for Radiology Certified Nurse.  All 143 candidates were awarded recertification.


In 2013 the Association of Radiology and Imaging Nursing (ARIN), then known as the American Radiological Nurses Association (ARNA), in collaboration with the Radiologic Nursing Certification Board, Inc. appointed a Role Delineation Task Force. The task force was charged with developing a role delineation study of the practice of radiology nursing. The results of the survey was administered, analyzed and interpreted with the assistance of the Center for Nursing Education and Test, Inc. The findings of the role delineation study were reviewed by the RNCB in April 2016 to determine the Certified Radiology Nurse exam specifications. The Role Delineation study will be updated periodically to ensure that the exam specifications remain up to date.


The RNCB holds an item writing session a minimum of every 2 years to develop new exam questions. Subject matter experts who work in various areas of the country and in various imaging settings are recruited to assist in item writing.  The management company assists in identifying qualified nurses, nationally, who have experience in multiple imaging procedures and have the requisite knowledge, skill and ability to contribute to the test development. Certified Radiology Nurses who meet the criteria are invited to join the committee.

The RNCB determines the content of each certification examination through an ongoing process of evaluation. The Board relies on subject matter experts for test development and validation. The subject matter experts must be in current practice as a radiology nurse and hold the CRN® credential. Additionally, subject matter experts will be selected keeping in mind the various components of the test content outline in order to ensure that a broad representation of the profession is maintained with regard to number of years as a CRN®, geographic diversity, and length of time in the profession. Subject matter experts provide updated items for the item bank based on current practices in radiology nursing and assist in review and editing of submitted items. Periodically the Board schedules a formal item review of exam questions, and a committee of subject matter experts is convened. The Chair of the Test Development Committee participates in the review sessions.

All subject matter experts who participate in item writing and item review activities sign a conflict of interest statement to ensure the integrity of the examination.

The Board works with the Center for Nursing Education and Training (C-NET), 60 Pavonia Ave., Ste. 201, Jersey City, NJ 07306 for its examination development.

C-NET, relying on the test content outline and weighting, assembles a draft of each form of the examination, taking into consideration the history of each item’s use, past statistics, equivalency to past forms of the examination, and the comments of previous candidates to specific items. The examination, as a whole, individual items, and testing materials are reviewed annually for accuracy, relevancy, bias, sensitivity and validity by the RNCB.


The examinations are Pass or Fail only.  The method used to set the passing score for the examinations is in accordance with standard criterion-referenced passing score standards.  The members of the Board, who possess extensive knowledge about the current practice of radiology nursing in a variety of settings, set the passing score for each form of the examination.  The passing score is set using generally accepted psychometric principles and methods to determine what constitutes a competent radiology nurse.  Each candidate is measured against a standard of knowledge, not against the performance of other individuals taking the examination.

The score on the Radiology Nursing Certification Examination is reported as a standard score which summarizes the candidate’s performance on the entire exam. To reach the passing standard score of 95, the candidate must answer 70% of the questions in the total exam correctly. Candidates who are not successful on the test receive a breakdown of their performance by the Radiology Practice Modality Areas of the test blueprint to indicate areas of strength and /or weakness.


The testing company keeps hard copy exam booklets for 6 months and original answer sheets for a minimum of 2 years.  After these times the exam booklets and answer sheets are shredded by a professional, bonded shredding company.  Computer records of exam performance are maintained indefinitely using offsite back up.  The Radiologic Nursing Certification Board, Inc.  shall retain hard copies of certification/recertification applications for a minimum of 4 years.  After these times the applications are shredded by a professional, bonded shredding company.  Computer records are maintained indefinitely using an offsite backup server. 


Incomplete applications delay the review process and may preclude you from sitting for the examination. Incomplete applications will be held in a pending file until resolved.

Applicants will be notified of "pending" status in the event of incomplete applications by certified mail (or other traceable means) within 5 business days of receipt of the incomplete application in the RNCB office. Applicants will be requested to submit the missing materials within 5 business days by certified mail (or other traceable means). Applicants will not be sent candidate materials until the applications are completed. RNCB will not process incomplete applications.

The documentation for participation in continuing education must accompany the application. Documentation may include a copy of a contact hour certificate indicating approval of the educational activity, a transcript from an academic institution, or a letter on official letterhead from the provider or sponsor of the continuing education activity. The continuing education requirements may be met by using in service classes, grand rounds, academic credits, CME credits, and continuing education programs related to the specialty of radiology nursing practice. It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain certificates, transcripts, and other documentation. RNCB will not obtain documentation of continuing education for applicants. RNCB reserves the right to verify participation in continuing education activities.

BLS, PALS, NALS, ACLS certification and recertification are not counted toward radiology certification and recertification, effective February 2007.

The application will not be processed without all required documents and fees. The application must be received on or before the application deadline. Applications should be typed or printed in ink.

All practice requirements must be completed by the date on the application. All practice requirements past and/or present must have been met while the applicant had an active registered nurse license in the state or territory in which practice occurred.

All requirements regarding number of hours practiced apply to practice as a licensed registered nurse only. You may not count any hours in which you practiced as a licensed practical nurse, a licensed vocational nurse, a graduate nurse, or those contained in educational preparation/training programs.

We recommend that you make copies of all your application materials for your own records. All application materials become the property of RNCB and cannot be returned. 



The RNCB will investigate and act on complaints of misconduct by exam candidates, recertification candidates, or certificants.

1. A candidate will be denied taking the Radiology Nursing Certification Exam, have exam results withheld, certification withheld, or certification revoked for any of the following. Misconduct includes, but is not limited to the following:

     a. Falsification of initial certification or recertification application
     b. Falsification of any information requested by the RNCB
     c. Misrepresentation of certification status
     d. Gross misconduct
     e. Cheating or other irregularities related to the administration of Radiology Nursing Certification exam
     f. Revocation or suspension of RN licensure
     g. Failure to maintain the confidentiality of certification
     h. examination questions or the answer sheet
     i. Unauthorized possession or use of radiology nursing certification certificates, certification wallet cards, or any other RNCB documents and materials

2. Complaints will be investigated by the RNCB President. If cause is found for further review, the case will be referred to the other board members of RNCB.

3. Sanctions for misconduct may include any one or more of the following:
     a. Denial or suspension of eligibility
     b. Revocation of certification
     c. Non-renewal of certification
     d. Written reprimand
     e. Suspension of certification
     f. Other corrective action

4. If the RNCB determines that there is an immediate threat to the public, sanctions may be imposed immediately for up to 90 days pending a full review by the RNCB.

5. All complaints must meet the following criteria in order to be reviewed.
     a. Complaints must be in writing and include the name, address, and telephone number of the complainant and any other individual having knowledge about the alleged misconduct.
     b. The complainant must identify in writing the person(s) alleged to be involved in the misconduct in as much detail as possible and include available documentation.
6. Acknowledgment of receipt of the complaint will be sent to the complainant.

7. The President and/or RNCB may request additional information from the complainant or any other person involved in or having knowledge of the alleged misconduct.

8. If the RNCB finds, by majority vote, good cause for substantiating the complaint, they will take disciplinary action and impose sanctions as described.

9. If the RNCB is unable to substantiate the complaint, no further action is required.

10. The candidate or certificant will be notified, in writing, of the findings and the disciplinary action(s) imposed.

11. The candidate or certificant will be informed of his or her right to dispute these findings and disciplinary actions and to request a review of their case by telephone or in person. The candidate or certificant must respond, in writing, within 30 days of the postmark of the RNCB’s letter giving notice of the findings and disciplinary actions.