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 Iowa Workforce Information NetworkSeptember 2, 2014
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License Title: Nuclear Medicine Technologist

License Description: A nuclear medicine technologist performs nuclear medicine procedures while under the supervision of a physician who is authorized by an Iowa license to possess and use radioactive materials. Procedures might include 1) administration of any radiopharmaceutical to human beings for diagnostic purposes, 2) administration of radioactive material to human beings for therapeutic purposes, 3) use of radioactive material for diagnostic purposes involving transmission or excitation, or 4) quality control and assurance. This involves administering the drugs, operating the cameras (which detect and map the radioactive drug in the patient's body) and insuring good quality films.

Authorizing Statute: Code of Iowa, Chapter 136C.3

Requirements for License:In addition to being at least 18 years of age, an applicant must have a high school education or equivalent and the ability to perform necessary duties without constituting a hazard to the health or safety of patients, self, other health care workers, or the general public.

Specifically, the applicant must complete an approved course by either the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine or the Iowa Department of Public Health. These courses are offered at the University of Iowa and other sites around the country.

Twenty-four hours of continuing education are required biennially for certification renewal.

Fees:
Application: $45
Duration: One year
Renewal: $35
Exam: Varies, depending upon the certifying body


Examination:
When:Upon completion of training, the technologist must pass an examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

License Authority:
Bureau of Radiological Health

321 East 12th St-Lucas Bldg
Des Moines IA 50309
Phone: 5152810415
www.idph.state.ia.us/contact_us.asp

 
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