Any individual who performs radiologic procedures on humans must hold a valid Ohio radiologic license, according to the Ohio Revised Code. Radiologic licenses are issued for the following categories: Radiographer, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Radiation Therapist and General X-ray Machine Operator (GXMO).
The Radiologic Licensure program ensures standards of knowledge and skill for operators who apply radiation to humans for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Through continuous enforcement, initiative and action, the program assures medical patients receive quality diagnostic imaging and services.
The program is funded by initial license application fees, renewal fees and educational provider fees. The program has licensed more than 17,000 operators, 110 educational facilities, and 180 continuing educational courses.
Ohio Department of Health
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (614) 752-4319
Fax: (614) 466-0381
Numerous changes to the radiologic license rules went into effect on 4/1/12. Some of the highlights:
ODH now accepts distance learning for continuing education credits for all categories, specific to the license category held. The continuing education requirement is still 12 credits. Acceptable topics include:
- Quality control, quality assurance, or quality management practices;
- Principles of radiographic imaging;
- Radiographic, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine or bone densitometry equipment, instrumentation, positioning, or procedures; or
- Radiation safety and protection.
CE courses must be approved by ODH, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Society of Nuclear Medicine, or International Society for Clinical Densitometry, and must be completed before the license expiration date.
Renewal applications received more than 30 days after the license expiration date will be denied. An applicant must submit the following in order to be considered for another license:
- Application and $65.00 fee;
- 24 CE credits;
- Proof of didactic and clinical education (n/a for applicants in active status with ARRT or NMTCB); and
- Proof of examination (ARRT or NMTCB card) - GXMO applicants must show evidence of passing the state examination within the past 5 years.
Radiation Therapy CT Simulation
Radiographers or radiation therapists, who have obtained training and demonstrated competency with the CT equipment and protocols, may operate CT units for radiation therapy simulation procedures. CT simulation procedures shall be overseen by a radiation therapist. If the CT equipment is operated for any other diagnostic radiographic procedures, the CT equipment shall be operated by a radiographer.
For more information on the rule amendments, please select the Rules link on the left.
Last Updated: 7/10/12
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