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18VAC85-101

[ CHAPTER 101
REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE LICENSURE PRACTICE OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS AND RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS-LIMITED TECHNOLOGY ]

18VAC85-101-10

Part I
General Provisions

18VAC85-101-10. Definitions.

In addition to definitions in § 54.1-2900 of the Code of Virginia, the following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"ACRRT" means the American Chiropractic Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

"ARRT" means the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

"Bone densitometry" means a process for measuring bone mineral density by utilization of single x-ray absorptiometry (SXA), dual x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) or other technology that is substantially equivalent as determined by the board.

"Direct supervision" means that a licensed radiologic technologist, doctor of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic or podiatry is present and is fully responsible for the activities performed by radiologic personnel, with the exception of radiologist assistants.

"Direction" means the delegation of radiologic functions to be performed upon a patient from a licensed doctor of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, or podiatry, to a licensed radiologic technologist or a radiologic technologist-limited for a specific purpose and confined to a specific anatomical area, that will be performed under the direction of and in continuing communication with the delegating practitioner.

"ISCD" means the International Society for Clinical Densitometry.

"Radiologist" means a doctor of medicine or osteopathic medicine [ specializing in radiology who is certified by the American Board of Radiology, the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology, the British Royal College of Radiology, or the Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons specialized by training and practice in radiology ].

"RT-R® R.T.(R)" ] means a person who is currently certified by the ARRT as a radiologic technologist with certification inradiology radiography ].

"Traineeship" means a period of activity during which an applicant for licensure as a radiologic technologist works under the direct supervision of a practitioner approved by the board while waiting for the results of the licensure examination or an applicant for licensure as a radiologic technologist-limited working under direct supervision and observation to fulfill the practice requirements in 18VAC85-101-60.

18VAC85-101-25

18VAC85-101-25. Fees.

A. Unless otherwise provided, fees listed in this section shall not be refundable.

B. Initial licensure fees.

1. The application fee for radiologic technologist or radiologist assistant licensure shall be $130.

2. The application fee for the radiologic technologist-limited licensure shall be $90.

3. All examination fees shall be determined by and made payable as designated by the board.

C. Licensure renewal and reinstatement for a radiologic technologist or a radiologist assistant.

1. The fee for active license renewal for a radiologic technologist shall be $135, and the fee for inactive license renewal shall be $70. If a radiologist assistant holds a current license as a radiologic technologist, the renewal fee shall be $50. If a radiologist assistant does not hold a current license as a radiologic technologist, the renewal fee shall be $150.

2. An additional fee of $50 to cover administrative costs for processing a late renewal application within one renewal cycle shall be imposed by the board.

3. The fee for reinstatement of a radiologic technologist or a radiologist assistant license that has lapsed for a period of two years or more shall be $180 and shall be submitted with an application for licensure reinstatement.

4. The fee for reinstatement of a license pursuant to § 54.1-2408.2 of the Code of Virginia shall be $2,000.

D. Licensure renewal and reinstatement for a radiologic technologist-limited.

1. The fee for active license renewal shall be $70, and the fee for inactive license renewal shall be $35.

2. An additional fee of $25 to cover administrative costs for processing a late renewal application within one renewal cycle shall be imposed by the board.

3. The fee for reinstatement of a license that has lapsed for a period of two years or more shall be $120 and shall be submitted with an application for licensure reinstatement.

4. The fee for reinstatement of a license pursuant to § 54.1-2408.2 of the Code of Virginia shall be $2,000.

E. Other fees.

1. The application fee for a traineeship as a radiologic technologist or a radiologic technologist-limited shall be $25.

2. The fee for a letter of good standing or verification to another state for licensure shall be $10; the fee for certification of scores to another jurisdiction shall be $25.

3. The fee for a returned check shall be $35.

4. The fee for a duplicate license shall be $5.00, and the fee for a duplicate wall certificate shall be $15.

18VAC85-101-27

Part II
Licensure Requirements - Radiologist Assistants

18VAC85-101-27. Educational requirements for radiologist assistants.

An applicant for licensure as a radiologist assistant shall be a graduate of an educational program that is currently recognized by the ARRT for the purpose of allowing an applicant to sit for the ARRT certification examination leading to the Registered Radiologist Assistant credential.

18VAC85-101-28

18VAC85-101-28. Licensure requirements.

A. An applicant for licensure as a radiologist assistant shall:

1. Meet the educational requirements specified in 18VAC85-101-27;

2. Submit the required application, fee, and credentials to the board;

3. Hold certification by the ARRT as anRT-R® R.T.(R) ] or be licensed in Virginia as a radiologic technologist;

4. Submit evidence of passage of an examination for radiologist assistants resulting in national certification as an Registered Radiologist Assistant by the ARRT; and

5. Hold current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

B. If an applicant has been licensed or certified in another jurisdiction as a radiologist assistant or a radiologic technologist, he shall provide information on the status of each license or certificate held.

C. An applicant who fails the ARRT examination for radiologist assistants shall follow the policies and procedures of the ARRT for successive attempts.

18VAC85-101-30

Part II III
Licensure Requirements - Radiologic Technologist

18VAC85-101-30. Educational requirements for radiologic technologists.

An applicant for licensure as a radiologic technologist shall be a graduate of an educational program acceptable to the ARRT for the purpose of sitting for the ARRT certification examination.

18VAC85-101-55

Part III IV
Licensure Requirements - Radiologic Technologist-Limited

18VAC85-101-55. Educational requirements for radiologic technologists-limited.

A. An applicant for licensure as a radiologic technologist-limited shall be trained by one of the following:

1. Successful completion of a program that is directed by a radiologic technologist with a bachelor's degree and current ARRT certification, has instructors who are licensed radiologic technologists or doctors of medicine or osteopathic medicine who are board certified in radiology, and has a minimum of the following coursework:

a. Image production/equipment operation - 25 clock hours;

b. Radiation protection - 15 clock hours; and

c. Radiographic procedures in the anatomical area of the radiologic technologist-limited's practice - 10 clock hours taught by a radiologic technologist with current ARRT certification or a licensed doctor of medicine, osteopathy, podiatry or chiropractic;

2. An ACRRT-approved program;

3. The ISCD certification course for bone densitometry; or

4. Any other program acceptable to the board.

B. A radiologic technologist-limited who has been trained through the ACRRT-approved program or the ISCD certification course and who also wishes to be authorized to perform x-rays in other anatomical areas shall meet the requirements of subdivision A 1 of this section.

18VAC85-101-91

Part V
Practice of Radiologist Assistants

18VAC85-101-91. General requirements.

A. A licensed radiologist assistant is authorized to:

1. Assess and evaluate the physiological and psychological responsiveness of patients undergoing radiologic procedures;

2. Perform patient assessment, and assist in patient management and patient education;

3. Evaluate image quality, make initial observations, and communicate observations to the supervising radiologist;

4. Administer contrast media or other medications prescribed by the supervising radiologist; and

5. Perform, or assist the supervising radiologist in performing, imaging procedures consistent with the guidelines adopted by the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

B. A licensed radiologist assistant is not authorized to:

1. Provide official interpretation of imaging studies; or

2. Dispense or prescribe medications.

18VAC85-101-92

18VAC85-101-92. Supervision of radiologist assistants.

A radiologist assistant shall practice under the direct supervision of a radiologist. Direct supervision shall mean that the radiologist is present in the facility and immediately available to assist and direct the performance of a procedure by a radiologist assistant. The supervising radiologist may determine that direct supervision requires his physical presence for the performance of certain procedures, based on factors such as the complexity or invasiveness of the procedure and the experience and expertise of the radiologist assistant.

18VAC85-101-100

Part IV VI
Practice of Radiologic Technologists

18VAC85-101-100. General requirements.

A. All services rendered by a radiologic technologist shall be performed only upon direction of a licensed doctor of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, or podiatry.

B. Licensure as a radiologic technologist is not required for persons who are employed by a licensed hospital pursuant to § 54.1-2956.8:1 of the Code of Virginia.

18VAC85-101-130

Part V VII
Practice of Radiologic Technologist-Limited

18VAC85-101-130. General requirements.

A. A radiologic technologist-limited is permitted to perform radiologic functions within his capabilities and the anatomical limits of his training and examination. A radiologic technologist-limited is responsible for informing the board of the anatomical area or areas in which he is qualified by training and examination to practice.

B. A radiologic technologist-limited shall not instill contrast media during radiologic examinations or perform mammography, fluoroscopic procedures, computerized tomography, or vascular-interventional procedures. The radiologic technologist-limited is responsible to a licensed radiologic technologist, or doctor of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, or podiatry.

18VAC85-101-145

18VAC85-101-145. Registration for voluntary practice by out-of-state licensees.

Any radiologist assistant, radiologic technologist, or radiologic technologist-limited who does not hold a license to practice in Virginia and who seeks registration to practice under subdivision 27 of § 54.1-2901 of the Code of Virginia on a voluntary basis under the auspices of a publicly supported, all volunteer, nonprofit organization that sponsors the provision of health care to populations of underserved people shall:

1. File a complete application for registration on a form provided by the board at least five business days prior to engaging in such practice. An incomplete application will not be considered;

2. Provide a complete record of professional licensure in each state in which he has held a license and a copy of any current license;

3. Provide the name of the nonprofit organization, the dates and location of the voluntary provision of services;

4. Pay a registration fee of $10; and

5. Provide a notarized statement from a representative of the nonprofit organization attesting to its compliance with provisions of subdivision 27 of § 54.1-2901 of the Code of Virginia.

18VAC85-101-150

Part VI VIII
Renewal of Licensure

18VAC85-101-150. Biennial renewal of license.

A. A radiologist assistant, radiologic technologist, or radiologic technologist-limited who intends to continue practice shall renew his license biennially during his birth month in each odd-numbered year and pay to the board the prescribed renewal fee.

B. A license that has not been renewed by the first day of the month following the month in which renewal is required shall be expired.

C. An additional fee as prescribed in 18VAC85-101-25 shall be imposed by the board.

D. In order to renew an active license as a radiologic technologist, a licensee shall attest to having completed 24 hours of continuing education as acceptable to the ARRT within the last biennium.

E. In order to renew an active license as a radiologic technologist-limited, a licensee shall attest to having completed 12 hours of continuing education within the last biennium that corresponds to the anatomical areas in which the limited licensee practices. Hours shall be acceptable to the ARRT, or by the ACRRT for limited licensees whose scope of practice is chiropractic, or by any other entity approved by the board for limited licensees whose scope of practice is podiatry or bone densitometry.

F. In order to renew an active license as a radiologist assistant, a licensee shall attest to having completed 50 hours of continuing education as acceptable to the ARRT within the last biennium. A minimum of 25 hours of continuing education shall be recognized by the ARRT as intended for radiologist assistants or radiologists and shall be specific to the radiologist assistant's area of practice. Continuing education hours earned for renewal of a radiologist assistant license shall satisfy the requirements for renewal of a radiologic technologist license.

G. Other provisions for continuing education shall be as follows:

1. A practitioner shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements for the first biennial renewal following the date of initial licensure in Virginia.

2. The practitioner shall retain in his records the Continued Competency Activity and Assessment Form available on the board's website with all supporting documentation for a period of four years following the renewal of an active license.

3. The board shall periodically conduct a random audit of its active licensees to determine compliance. The practitioners selected for the audit shall provide all supporting documentation within 30 days of receiving notification of the audit.

4. Failure to comply with these requirements may subject the licensee to disciplinary action by the board.

5. The board may grant an extension of the deadline for satisfying continuing competency requirements, for up to one year, for good cause shown upon a written request from the licensee prior to the renewal date.

6. The board may grant an exemption for all or part of the requirements for circumstances beyond the control of the licensee, such as temporary disability, mandatory military service, or officially declared disasters.

18VAC85-101-152

18VAC85-101-152. Inactive license.

A. A licensed radiologist assistant, radiologic technologist, or radiologic technologist-limited who holds a current, unrestricted license in Virginia may, upon a request on the renewal application and submission of the required fee, be issued an inactive license. The holder of an inactive license shall not be required to maintain continuing education hours and shall not be entitled to perform any act requiring a license to practice radiography in Virginia.

B. To reactivate an inactive license, a licensee shall:

1. Submit the required application;

2. Pay a fee equal to the difference between the current renewal fee for inactive licensure and the renewal fee for active licensure; and

3. Verify that he has completed continuing education hours equal to those required for the period in which he held an inactive license in Virginia, not to exceed one biennium.

C. The board reserves the right to deny a request for reactivation to any licensee who has been determined to have committed an act in violation of § 54.1-2915 of the Code of Virginia or any provisions of this chapter.

18VAC85-101-153

18VAC85-101-153. Restricted volunteer license.

A. A licensed radiologist assistant, radiologic technologist, or a radiologic technologist-limited who held an unrestricted license issued by the Virginia Board of Medicine or by a board in another state as a licensee in good standing at the time the license expired or became inactive may be issued a restricted volunteer license to practice without compensation in a clinic that is organized in whole or in part for the delivery of health care services without charge in accordance with § 54.1-106 of the Code of Virginia.

B. To be issued a restricted volunteer license, a licensed radiologic technologist or a radiologic technologist-limited licensee shall submit an application to the board that documents compliance with requirements of § 54.1-2928.1 of the Code of Virginia and the application fee prescribed in 18VAC85-101-25.

C. The licensee who intends to continue practicing with a restricted volunteer license shall renew biennially during his birth month, meet the continued competency requirements prescribed in subsection D of this section, and pay to the board the renewal fee prescribed in 18VAC85-101-25.

D. The holder of a restricted volunteer license shall not be required to attest to hours of continuing education for the first renewal of such a license. For each renewal thereafter, a licensed radiologic technologist shall attest to having completed 12 hours of Category A continuing education as acceptable to and documented by the ARRT within the last biennium. A radiologic technologist-limited shall attest to having completed six hours of Category A continuing education within the last biennium that corresponds to the anatomical areas in which the limited licensee practices. Hours shall be acceptable to and documented by the ARRT or by any other entity approved by the board for limited licensees whose scope of practice is podiatry or bone densitometry.

18VAC85-101-161

Part VII IX
Standards of Professional Conduct

18VAC85-101-161. Confidentiality.

A practitioner shall not willfully or negligently breach the confidentiality between a practitioner and a patient. A breach of confidentiality that is required or permitted by applicable law or beyond the control of the practitioner shall not be considered negligent or willful.

18VAC85-101-9998

FORMS (18VAC85-101)

Instructions for Completing an Application for Licensure as a Radiologic Technologist By Examination/Endorsement (rev. 9/07).

Instructions for Completing an Application for Licensure as a Radiologic Technologist By Examination/Endorsement (rev. 11/10).

Instructions for Completing an Application for Licensure as a Radiologist Assistant (rev. 11/10).

Application for a License as a Radiologic Technologist (rev. 9/07).

Application for a License as a Radiologic Technologist (rev. 11/10).

Application for a License to Practice as a Radiologist Assistant (rev. 11/10).

Form A, Claims History Sheet (rev. 8/07).

Form A, Claims History Sheet (rev. 11/10).

Form A, Radiologic Technologist, Claims History Sheet (rev. 11/10). ]

Form A, Radiologist Assistant, Claims History (rev. 11/10).

Form B, Activity Questionnaire (rev. 8/07).

Form B, Activity Questionnaire (rev. 11/10).

Form B, Radiologic Technologist, Activity Questionnaire (rev. 11/10). ]

Form B, Radiologist Assistant, Activity Questionnaire (rev. 11/10).

Form C, Clearance from Other States (rev. 8/07).

Form C, Clearance from Other States (rev. 11/10).

Form C, Radiologic Technologist, Clearance from Other States (rev. 11/10). ]

Form C, Radiologist Assistant, Clearance from Other States (rev. 11/10).

Form E, Certification Request from ARRT (rev. 8/07).

 [ Form E, Certification Request from ARRT (rev. 11/10).

Form E, Radiologist Assistant, Certification Request from ARRT (rev. 11/10).

Form E, Radiologic Technologist, Certification Request from ARRT (rev. 11/10). ]

Form F, Traineeship Application (rev. 8/07).

Form F, Traineeship Application (rev. 11/10).

Form L, Certificate of Radiologic Technology Education (rev. 8/07).

Form L, Certificate of Radiologic Technology Education (rev. 11/10).

Form L, Radiologic Technologist, Certificate of Professional Education (rev. 11/10). ]

Form L, Radiologist Assistant, Certificate of Professional Education (rev. 11/10).

Instructions for Completing an Application for Licensure as a Radiologic Technologist-Limited (rev. 2/08).

Application for a License to Practice Radiologic Technology-Limited (rev. 8/07).

Form T/A (1) and T/A (2), Radiologic Technologist-Limited Training Application for Abdomen/Pelvis pursuant to Virginia Regulations 18VAC85-101-60 B (3) (rev. 8/07).

Form T/C (1) and T/C (2), Radiologic Technologist-Limited Clinical Training Application (rev. 8/07).

Form T/E, Radiologic Technologist-Limited Traineeship Application (rev. 8/07).

Instructions for Completing an Application for Licensure as a Radiologic Technologist-Limited (rev. 11/10).

Application for a License to Practice Radiologic Technology-Limited (rev. 11/10).

Form T/A (1) and T/A (2), Radiologic Technologist-Limited Training Application for Abdomen/Pelvis pursuant to Virginia Regulations 18VAC85-101-60 B (3) (rev. 11/10).

Form T/C (1) and T/C (2), Radiologic Technologist-Limited Clinical Training Application (rev. 11/10).

Form T/E, Radiologic Technologist-Limited Traineeship Application (rev. 11/10).

Form A, Radiologic Technologist-Limited, Claims History Sheet (rev. 11/10).

Form B, Radiologic Technologist-Limited, Activity Questionnaire (rev. 11/10).

Form C, Radiologic Technologist-Limited, Clearance From Other States (rev. 11/10). ]

Instructions for Completing Reinstatement of Radiologic Technology Licensure (rev. 8/07).

Application for Reinstatement of License to Practice Radiologic Technologist (rev. 10/07).

Instructions for Completing Reinstatement of Radiologic Technologist-Limited Licensure (rev. 8/07).

Application for Reinstatement of License to Practice Radiologic Technologist-Limited (eff. 10/07).

Application for Registration for Volunteer Practice (rev. 8/07).

Sponsor Certification for Volunteer Registration (rev. 8/08).

Continued Competency Activity and Assessment Form (eff. 7/08).