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Technologist Certification and Licensure

Technologist Certification and Licensure

Certification
Definition: A process whereby a peer group judges the entry level qualifications on an individual. This is not necessarily equivalent with competency.

Certification in Nuclear Medicine is voluntary. The two organizations which currently certify technologists in Nuclear Medicine are:

  • Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB)
  • The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

Entry Level Technologist Education Requirements Draft IV

Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB)

A candidate for examination must show documented evidence of one of the following:

  • Completion of a NMTCB recognized nuclear medicine technology program
  • Completion of a certificate, associate degree or baccalaureate degree in nuclear medicine technology program from a regionally accredited academic institution*. Regionally accredited college and university programs must have structured clinical training sufficient to provide clinical competency in radiation safety, instrumentation, clinical procedures, and radiopharmacy. This should require approximately 1000 hours of clinical training supervised by program faculty.
  • Alternate Eligibility and Non-USA trained candidates (Must meet requirements listed under section 1, 2, and 3 below):

    1. Education Requirement (Completion of one of the following)
      • A baccalaureate or associate degree in one of the physical or biological sciences
      • A baccalaureate or associate degree in other disciplines with successful completion of courses in the following areas: college algebra, physics, chemistry, human anatomy, and physiology.
      • National certification as a registered medical technologist (MT)
      • National certification as a registered radiographer (RT)
      • Licensed as a registered nurse (RN)
      • National certification as a registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS)
      • National certification as a radiation therapist (RTT)
    2. Clinical Experience
      • Four years or 8000 hours of clinical experience in nuclear medicine technology under the supervision of a physician (MD/DO) board certified in nuclear radiology (ABR), or nuclear medicine (ABNM), or isotopic pathology (ABP), or an authorized physician user of radioactive materials with special competency in nuclear medicine
    3. Didactic Coursework Requirement
      • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of fifteen (15) contact hours of course work in each of the following areas: radiopharmacy, nuclear medicine instrumentation and radiation safety. Only coursework from an accredited college or university, accredited nuclear medicine program or approved continuing education credits recognized by NMTCB, such as VOICE/ECE, will be accepted.

    All eligibility requirements must be completed and the application and fee must be received in the NMTCB office by December 31, 2015 in order to be considered for approval to sit for the NMTCB exam through Alternate Eligibility.

  • Graduation from a nuclear medicine technology or related program in another country. These individuals should contact the NMTCB office for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Required documentation will include but not be limited to a complete program description with course descriptions, contact hours, and documentation of clinical experience. Proof of graduation must be a part of the documentation.
  • CNMT's requesting reexamination for competency. NOTE: Candidates who believe they have equivalent qualifications may petition the Credentials Committee for consideration. Documentation is required.

*Schools, colleges or universities accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

For more information, visit their web site (see related items below):
Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
phone: (404) 315-1739.

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

Candidates must be of good moral character. Generally, the conviction of either (1) a felony, or (2) any offense, misdemeanor or felony involving moral turpitude may indicate a lack of good moral character for Registry purposes. (For specific details contact the ARRT).

The ARRT rules and regulations require that candidates must have successfully completed a program of formal education which is accredited by a mechanism acceptable to the ARRT. Applicants for registration as Radiographers, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, or Radiation Therapists must have successfully completed an accredited program in radiography, nuclear medicine technology and radiation therapy technology respectively.

For more information, visit their web site:
ARRT or phone: (651) 687-0048

Licensure

Occupational licensure has traditionally been an exercise of a state's inherent power to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens. The practice of medicine is considered a "state's rights" issue. Each state imposes its own regulations on medical practice, whether for a physician, nurse, pharmacist or allied health professional.

Technologists must be licensed in some states in the United States in order to practice nuclear medicine technology. Currently, there are 25 states in the country which require licensure (see related chart below)

SNM Health Policy and Regulatory Affairs
703.708.9000
hpra@snm.org

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