Medical Imaging & Radiation Therapeutics
Nuclear Medicine Technology
Certification & Licensure
Certification in nuclear medicine is a voluntary process by which a peer group evaluates the the entry-level qualifications of an individual. Qualifications are not necessarily equivalent to competency.
Certification in Nuclear Medicine is voluntary. Two organizations currently certify technologists in Nuclear Medicine:
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB)
Occupational licensure has traditionally been an exercise of a state's inherent power to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens. The practice of medicine is considered a "state's rights" issue. Each state maintains its own regulations on medical practice, whether for a physician, nurse, pharmacist, or allied health professional.
Technologists must be licensed in some states in the United States in order to practice nuclear medicine technology. Currently, there are 22 states in the country that require licensure.