NON-Imaging individuals ONLY performing Bone Densitometry (BD)
If you currently hold a ND License in any of the (6) six Primary Modalities there is NO additional fee for you. The office only tracks this information. However, beginning in January 2020, you do need to obtain 5 hours of CE during your ND licensure cycle pertinent to Bone Densitometry.
Brief Overview: During the 2019 ND Legislative Session, bone densitometry technologists were moved from the ND Dept. of Health to this Board, the ND Board of Medical Imaging. You are no longer regulated by the ND Dept. of Health. Please contact the Board office immediately if you were currently practicing as a bone densitometry technologist before 12/31/2018 and have not yet been licensed by the ND Board of Medical Imaging. The Board office will assist you in getting licensed. It is illegal to practice as a bone densitometry technologist in ND without a current license.
Renewal and Continuing Education: All licensees renew biennially (every 2 years), with a $75 renewal fee. After next year's renewal, the license will be good for 2 years. Non-imaging Bone Densitometry professional’s MUST submit all RCEEM approved continuing education upon each biennial (2 year) renewal cycle to the NDMIRTB.
This process is for NEW NON-Imaging individuals only (applying after December 31, 2018, NEW applicants, wishing to begin BD imaging in ND):
There are two (2) registry options available for Licensure: (the Board does NOT advocate one registry over the other)
- Applicant reviews and chooses which registry option 1) or 2) they will chose.
- For both registry options, NDAC 114-02-01-03 must first meet eligibility requirements of required Allied Health profession or petition the Board for approval.
- NDAC 114-02-01-03 (2)(3):
To be eligible for licensure as a bone densitometry technologist after completing the requirements in subsection 1, the applicant shall hold at least one of the following licenses:
- Medical technologist, medical laboratory technician, or clinical laboratory technician;
- Occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant;
- Physical therapist or physical therapy assistant;
- Physician assistant or orthopedic physician assistant; or
- Registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.
Otherwise, an individual may petition the board for licensure if the individual's education or research background is substantially similar to subdivisions a through e of subsection 2.
- Complete an application and submit the fees for ND Bone Densitometry Licensure.
- Complete the required Criminal History Record background Check CHRC) forms.
- If choosing contracted ARRT state registry exam option, NDMIRTB forwards application to the ARRT.
- ARRT contacts the applicant with a 90 day window to take the exam.
- ARRT exam results are sent to NDMIRTB and NDMIRTB contacts applicant of pass/fail.
- If choosing ISCD registry option, all communication is directly between you and the ISCD. NDMIRTB does not have an affiliation/contract with ISCD.
Non-imaging individual's pathway to Bone Densitometry (BD) Licensure
Please choose Option 1 or Option 2:
Option 1: State-contracted exam with ARRT
The North Dakota Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board (NDMIRTB) has a contract with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to administer the ARRT Examination to individuals who meet the minimum standards detailed on the ARRT for State licensing. Check out the ARRT Website for details of eligibility and ARRT video instructions
Applicants for a North Dakota State Licensing Examination MUST comply with the standards detailed by NDMIRTB to obtain a Conditional ND Bone Densitometry License and complete the appropriate forms, CHRC, along with the appropriate fee to apply for eligibility to take the ND State Licensing Examination administered by the ARRT.
Fees: Payable directly to ARRT online for the ARRT Bone Densitometry Equipment Operator (BDEO) examination (instructions supplied after eligiblity).
*If you intend to apply for the ARRT certification please contact the ARRT directly. Completing the NDMIRTB State Licensing Examination limits the applicant to practice within North Dakota and does not qualify the applicant to hold the ARRT national certification. The NDMIRTB State Licensing Examination may not transfer to other states.
Option 2: Registry exam from the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD)
If choosing to take the registry with the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) as a Certified Bone Densitometry Technologist (CBDT), the applicant must contact that registry directly for registry exam requirements.
You MUST met ND eligibility requirements, CHRC, fees, and complete a Conditional ND Bone Densitometry License, this will allow you to practice bone densitometry to meet registry experience requirements.
Bone Densitometry Application (for NEW non-imaging applicants ONLY, not previously practicing BD imaging in ND)