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North Dakota Passes Licensure Bill

Mar 23, 2015
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed Senate Bill 2236, a measure that sets licensing standards and expands the responsibilities of the state’s radiographers, radiation therapists, radiologist assistants, nuclear medicine technologists and sonographers.

Spearheaded by the North Dakota Society of Radiologic Technologists, S.B. 2236 creates a pathway for radiologic technologists to take verbal orders from physicians and other practitioners and enter them into the patient’s electronic health record. Prior to the legislation, the state only had equipment operating regulations for radiographers, radiation therapists and nuclear medicine technologists, but the regulations were not recognized as formal licensure by the state attorney general.

To oversee the licensure program, the state will create the State Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Medical Examiners. The nine-person board will manage the licensing requirements for the personnel who perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures. In addition, the board will be responsible for administering disciplinary measures and penalties.

“Enactment of S.B. 2236 is a huge step toward making sure that patient care is provided as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Ann Bell-Pfeifer, B.S., R.T.(R)(M)(QM), of the NDSRT Legislative Committee. “It shows what a group of dedicated, organized and proactive radiologic technologists can accomplish and how a strong affiliate society like the NDSRT supports these efforts.”

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