Radiologist assistant Licensure Information
A radiologist assistant is an individual who assists a radiologist in the care of radiology patients by engaging in any of the activities authorized under Section 4774.08 of the Revised Code. An applicant shall meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for licensure:
- Be at least 18 years of age and of good moral character;
- Hold a current, valid license from the Department of Health as a radiographer;
- Have attained a baccalaureate degree or post-baccalaureate certificate from an advanced academic program encompassing a nationally recognized radiologist assistant curriculum that includes a radiologist-directed clinical preceptorship;
- Hold current certification as a registered radiologist assistant from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and have attained the certification by meeting the Registry's standard certification requirements, including requirements for documenting clinical education in the form of a clinical portfolio and passing an examination to determine competence to practice;
- Hold current certification in advanced cardiac life support.
In addition to meeting the above requirements, an applicant must comply with requirements for criminal records checks of licensed professionals. The Board is not permitted to grant a certificate to practice as a radiologist assistant unless it, in its discretion, decides that the results of the criminal records check do not make the applicant ineligible for a license.
A radiologist assistant shall practice only under the supervision of a radiologist who is actively and directly engaged in the clinical practice of medicine as a radiologist. Under this supervision a radiologist assistant may do the following:
- Perform fluoroscopic procedures;
- Assess and evaluate the physiologic and psychological responsiveness of patients undergoing radiologic procedures;
- Evaluate image quality, make initial image observations, and communicate observations to the supervising radiologist;
- Administer contrast media, radio-isotopes, and other drugs prescribed by the supervising radiologist that are directly related to the radiologic procedures being performed; and
- Perform any other radiologic procedures specified by the Board in rule.
Criminal Background Check required for initial license and license restoration applications received on or after March 24, 2008.