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North Dakota Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy
Board
PO Box 398 Bismarck, ND 58502    Phone: 701-425-0861    Fax: 701-224-9824    Email: info@ndmirtboard.com

2017 Legislative Session

The ND Legislative session passed Senate Bill 2236 in 2015. This law formed the ND Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board. Licensure for those practicing medical imaging and radiation therapy began January 1, 2016. Since the Board began, more than 1300 licenses have been issued. In the 2017 legislative session, Senate Bill 2198 cleared up conflicting language in the original law and was passed in both chambers. It updated the law, NDCC 43-62.

The session also passed Senate Bill 2327 proposed by the ND Health Department. This allows for the transition of Limited X-ray Operators (LXMOs) and Bone Densitometry Technicians from the Health Department to the ND Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board. However, this move is not immediate and will occur at a future date. The Board is adding them to the rules but the bill gives a future timeline for implementation. Until further notice, anyone interested in becoming a LXMO or operating bone densitometry equipment should contact the ND Department of Health. The contact person is Warren Freier or 701-328-5188.

Administrative Rules Stakeholder’s Meeting

With the new law now effective, the Board is drafting Administrative Rules to further define the law. The Board will hold an informal comment period for anyone in the professional healthcare community that is interested to join the stakeholder’s discussion group. This is NOT the public hearing as that will happen soon. The Board’s meeting with the stakeholder’s will occur August 24, 2017, from 10 am to 12 pm in the Fort Union room on the 1st floor of the ND State Capitol. Although this is not a public hearing, the public is welcome to attend this and any Board meeting.

During that time, comments can be made on the rules and suggestions or concerns regarding the North Dakota Administrative Rules draft may be expressed. Each organization will be allotted up to 10 minutes to present comments. All verbal comments given at the meeting must also be in writing and 12 copies of the comments should be available for the Board members and staff. If someone from an organization cannot attend the Board meeting, comments may also be submitted in writing or by email. Comments will not be accepted by phone. The purpose of this meeting is to provide healthcare organizations the opportunity for input prior to beginning the public notice and hearing for administrative rules. When scheduled, the public hearing for the Administrative Rules will be posted on the website.

Licensure Process

All persons practicing medical imaging and radiation therapy in North Dakota must be licensed. New graduates may obtain either a temporary license or a conditional license until they pass a registry examination and receive the test scores. All applicants will need to complete the appropriate application and pay the correct fee. When mailing the application, please make sure there is enough postage on the envelope to avoid delays in the licensure process. If the applicant is not a new graduate and/or have been licensed in another state, the Application for Initial License or Conditional License should be completed.

The Board requires a Criminal History Record Checks Request on all NEW applicants in accordance with NDCC 12-60-24(2pp) prior to licensure. Once an application is received, the applicant will be mailed a Criminal History Record Checks packet containing forms and fingerprint cards. Once the forms are completed, the applicant will need to return the completed forms to the Board office with a check or money order for $40.00 payable to the ND Attorney General. Once the completed forms, cards, and proper check are received from the applicant, it will take 2-3 weeks to receive the results from the ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). The Board cannot “speed up” the process with BCI or FBI. The Board also cannot accept a copy of a previously completed background check from the applicant, employer, or employment agency in lieu of the Board’s own background check. The Board will not issue a license until the results of the Criminal History Record Checks Request are received.

Incomplete forms, incorrect payment, or a past criminal history may result in further delays. The applicant will need to meet all other requirements before the license can be issued. If the applicant does not include a copy of the citizenship document or a copy of the current registration card, the license may be delayed.

Contact the board office at info@ndmirtboard.com.

Verification List Update: A list of individuals approved and licensed is available by clicking here. If you are verifying someone who is not on the list, please contact the Board office, info@ndmirtboard.com or 701-425-0861, for a verification.

Employers/Travel Agencies/Verification Companies: The Board office is happy to verify licenses over the phone. However, if you need to have the verification in writing, please email the Board office info@ndmirtboard.com with the licensee’s first and last name and to what mailing address or email address you want the verification sent. The Board cannot guarantee the delivery or accuracy of names and email addresses that are taken over the phone.

Licensees: The Board office is happy to verify licenses over the phone. However, if you need to have the verification in writing, please email the Board office info@ndmirtboard.com with the licensee’s first and last name and to what mailing address or email address you want the verification sent. The Board cannot guarantee the delivery or accuracy of names and email addresses that are taken over the phone.

Background

The North Dakota Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners was established by the Legislature in 2015 with the passage of SB 2236. Effective August 1, 2015, nine members were appointed to the board by the Governor to develop standards and adopt rules for the licensure of personnel performing medical imaging or radiation therapy procedures in ND.

Board Responsibilities

The Board has the responsibility to license and regulate personnel performing medical imaging procedures and radiation therapy treatments to protect the health & safety of the citizens of North Dakota. This responsibility includes setting minimum standards for licensure, establishing scopes of practice, enforcing disciplinary actions, and further developing standards and adopting rules for the improvement of the administration of medical imaging or radiation therapy procedures in North Dakota.

License Types

North Dakota Law 43-62 requires licensure for individuals practicing the following:

  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Radiation Therapist
  • Radiographer
  • Radiologist Assistant
  • Sonographer
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist

Practitioners or other individuals practicing medical imaging or radiation therapy under the jurisdiction of another ND regulatory and licensing board or agency are not subject to licensing by this board.

Exemptions

Exemptions from licensing by this board include:

  1. A licensed physician, advanced practice registered nurse, surgeon, chiropractor, dentist or podiatrist, performing medical imaging or radiation therapy.
  2. A dental assistant or dental hygienist licensed under NDCC Chapter 43-20.
  3. A student enrolled in and attending a school or college of medicine, medical imaging or radiation therapy who performs medical imaging or radiation therapy procedures on humans while under the supervision of a licenses practitioner or radiographer, radiation therapist, nuclear medicine technologist, radiologist assistant, or sonographer holding a license in the medical imaging or radiation therapy modality which the student is enrolled or attending under this NDCC Chapter 43-62.
  4. An individual administering medical imaging or radiation procedures and who is employed by the United States government when performing duties associated with that employment.
  5. A nurse licensed under NDCC Chapter 43-12.1 who performs sonography on a focused imaging target to assess specific and limited information about a patient's immediate medical condition or to provide real-time visual guidance for another procedure.
  6. A limited x-ray machine operator who meets the requirements of rules adopted by the state department of health under section 23-20.1-04. Please note: LXMOs will be transitioning from the ND Department of Health to this Board in the near future.
  7. Medical imaging performed as a part of a post-mortem examination or on other nonliving remains.
  8. Medical imaging performed by emergency medical services personnel certified or licensed under section 23-27-04.3.