2017 Legislative Session
To address the concerns of the Attorney General’s office regarding the Administrative Rules, the Board has proposed legislation. Senate Bill 2198 clears up conflicting language in the statute. You may also follow the proceedings of the bill here.
UPDATE: At the request of the Senate Human Services committee and in collaboration with the ND Hospital Association, the Board amended Senate Bill 2198. On February 7, the Senate Human Services Committee did recommend a do pass of the bill with amendments by a vote of 7-0. After a passing vote in the Senate, the bill will go to the House for review by the Human Services Committee and then a vote in the House. If passed in both the Senate and House chambers, the bill will become ND law. The bill does contain an emergency clause which means it could be effective earlier than the typical effective date of August 1. The North Dakota Hospital Association accepted the Board’s compromise resulting in the amendments to the bill. On February 15, 2017, the Senate voted 46-0 to pass the bill. The bill now moves on to the House after crossover. Contact the Board office if you have any questions about the amended bill or the legislative process.
ADMINISTRATIVE RULES PROCESS UPDATE
The draft of the Board’s Administrative Rules was sent to the ND Attorney General’s Office in July 2016. The office of the Attorney General has currently placed our proposed Administrative Rules on hold to allow conflicting language with the statute to be corrected. The Board will propose legislation during the 2017 Legislative session to address the concerns of the Attorney General’s Office. You may review the current Administrative Rules Draft here and view the summary from the public hearing held on June 21, 2016 here.
The Board continues to license medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals. The new application is available by clicking here. Effective July 1, 2016, the Board began conducting Criminal History Record Checks Request on all NEW applicants in accordance with NDCC 12-60-24(2pp). 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, they 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 we receive the completed forms, cards, and proper check 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 you do not include a copy of your citizenship document or a copy of your current registration card, your license may be delayed. If you have questions regarding licensure or your application, feel free to contact the board office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
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.
The Board has the responsibility to license and regulate personnel performing medical imaging procedures and radiation therapy treatments. 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.
The initial standard to achieve the time frame of the new law is to ensure licensure before January 1, 2016 for individuals practicing:
- Nuclear Medicine Technologist
- Radiation Therapist
- Radiologist Assistant
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 from licensing by this board include:
- A licensed physician, advanced practice registered nurse, surgeon, chiropractor, dentist or podiatrist, performing medical imaging or radiation therapy.
- A dental assistant or dental hygienist licensed under NDCC Chapter 43-20.
- 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.
- An individual administering medical imaging or radiation procedures and who is employed by the United States government when performing duties associated with that employment.
- 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.
- 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.
- Medical imaging performed as a part of a post-mortem examination or on other nonliving remains.
- Medical imaging performed by emergency medical services personnel certified or licensed under section 23-27-04.3.