Florida provides two avenues of certification for Radiologic Technology professionals: certification by examination or certification by endorsement.
According to s. 468.304, F.S., all applicants desiring certification must: submit a completed application along with the required fee; be at least 18 years of age at the time of application; be of good moral character; and have completed an approved educational program (school). For those applying to become General Radiographers, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, and Radiation Therapists the requirement for an approved educational program means they must have successfully completed a two-year accredited Radiologic Technology Program. Those applying to become Basic X-ray Machine Operators must have completed an accredited Basic X-ray Machine Operator educational program, or at a minimum, completed a review of the "Radiography Essentials for Limited Practice" text and workbook, published by Elsevier.
Under s. 468.3065, F.S., applicants may be certified by endorsement if they meet all the requirements listed above and can demonstrate that they hold a current Radiologic Technology certificate, license, or registration in another jurisdiction which is substantially equivalent (in the Department's opinion) to the Florida certificate.
Applicants who are not applying by endorsement must meet all requirements and pass the Florida certification exam.
You should contact our office and provide information so that we can investigate. You can report allegations of uncertified x-ray operators, or other violations of the radiologic technologist certification laws. Please provide as much information as you can, including: 1) the complete name, address, and phone number of the facility involved; 2) name, address, and phone number of the owner's of the facility; 3) name, address, phone number, and description of the alleged operators/violators; 4) name, address, and phone number of any witnesses who can corroborate your allegation; 5) date, time, patients' names, body part x-rayed, and complete description of the violation; 6) whether the owners or supervising physicians knew about this activity; 7) a description of any physical evidence that can corroborate your allegation, such as patient log book or x-rays showing operator's name or initials, and; 8) any other information you can provide that would help the investigation.
Please also provide a phone number or email address so that we can reach you, if we need additional information. However, before revealing your name, phone number, email address, or other information about yourself, please note that such information becomes a matter of public record. We cannot withhold this information if it is requested by others, including those being investigated.
If you have other questions that are not covered here, please let us know.