Colorado is somewhat unusual when it comes to radiologic technology licensing. Depending upon your qualifications, you do not have to even get a license in this state. But some people do have to register. It depends on your national certification status.
If you are nationally certified by ARRT, then you do not have to register with the Department of Public Health and Environment as a limited scope operator. But if you are not certified by ARRT, you will have to meet certain qualifications before you can work with X-ray patients and live patients. Once you meet the qualifications, including passing an exam, then you get a limited scope operator license for X-ray work.
There is more than one kind of limited scope operator. Exam modules include core, chest, extremities, spine, and skull. However, the way Colorado works is you train for and take all of the test modules. Applicants take the ARRT LSO test. Training is required before you can sit for this exam. It includes 80 hours of classroom training and 480 hours of supervised clinical experience. Of the 480, 320 must be with live patients. Up to 160 can be in a lab-type setting and with training on phantoms. The clinical experience must include at least 80 examinations.
If you have met the training requirements for a limited scope operator, then you need to fill out two forms and send them to the Colorado licensing board. They are the application and the form that documents your classroom training and clinical experience. As of the time of this writing, total fees are $185 for the test and license application. On the Core module, you must get 75 percent. On the other 4, you pass if you average 75 percent.
If you want to forget this limited scope operator stuff, then just become a fully nationally certified radiologic technologist with the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians. They have some accredited programs, and you should receive training as part of your school program. After that, you also need to take a radiology certification exam. Unlike a lot of national certifying bodies, ARRT also has a moral fitness requirement. They will look at any criminal convictions before deciding whether to let you take the certification test.
ARRT uses the term “radiography” for the main diagnostic radiologic technology certification program. This is the one you should have to avoid having to apply as a limited scope operator in Colorado.