X-Ray Assistant Initial Licensure
Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistant
Licensure is obtainable by examination only; the State of Florida has no Reciprocity or Grandfathering.
Completion of the board approved course and passes the examination to be administered by the training authority upon completion of such course
64B18-24, Florida Administrative Code - Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistants
Any Certified Podiatric X-ray Assistant may perform services only:
In the office(s) of the podiatric physician(s) to whom the Certified Podiatric X-ray Assistant has been assigned, in which office(s) such physician maintains his or her practice;
When the podiatric physician(s) to whom he or she is assigned is present;
Each podiatric physician or group of podiatric physicians utilizing Certified Podiatric X-ray Assistant's shall be liable for any act or omission of any Certified Podiatric X-ray Assistant acting under supervision and control.
Section 461.003(2), Florida Statutes, Definitions. "Certified podiatric x-ray assistant," means a person who is employed by and under the direct supervision of a licensed podiatric physician to perform only those radiographic functions that are within the scope of practice of a podiatric physician licensed under this chapter. For purposes of this subsection, the term "direct supervision" means supervision whereby a podiatric physician orders the X-ray, remains on the premises while the X-ray is being performed and exposed, and approves the work performed before dismissal of the patient.
Section 461.0135, Florida Statutes. Operation of X-ray machines by podiatric X-ray assistants. -- A licensed podiatric physician may utilize an X-ray machine, expose X-rays films, and interpret or read such films. The provision of part IV of chapter 461 to the contrary notwithstanding, a licensed podiatric physician may authorize or direct a certified podiatric X-ray assistant to operate such equipment and expose such films under the licensed podiatric physician’s direction and supervision, pursuant to rules adopted by the board in accordance with s. 461.004, which ensures that such certified podiatric X-ray assistant is competent to operate such equipment in a safe and efficient manner by reason of training, experience, and passage of a board-approved course which includes an examination. The board shall issue a certificate to an individual who successfully completes the board-approved course and passes the examination to be administered by the training authority upon completion of such course.
Important Information: New statute relating to Initial Licensure and Relicensure in the State of Florida - This statute applies to both Licensed DPMs and Podiatric X-Ray Assistants and those individuals who wish to become licensed in the State of Florida:
Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes
Important Notice for Initial Licensure Applicants and Renewals:
Effective July 1, 2012, Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, provides that health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant:
- Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under Chapter 409, F.S., (relating to social and economic assistance), Chapter 817, F.S., (relating to fraudulent practices), Chapter 893, F.S., (relating to drug abuse prevention and control) or a similar felony offense(s) in another state or jurisdiction unless the candidate or applicant has successfully completed a drug court program for that felony and provides proof that the plea has been withdrawn or the charges have been dismissed.
Any such conviction or plea shall exclude the applicant or candidate from licensure, examination, certification, or registration, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended:
- For the felonies of the first or second degree, more than 15 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- For the felonies of the third degree, more than 10 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- For the felonies of the third degree under Section 893.13(6)(a), F.S., more than 5 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 (relating to controlled substances) or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396 (relating to public health, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid issues), unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the date of the application;
- Has been terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid program pursuant to s. 409.913, F.S., unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent 5 years;
- Has been terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state or from any other state Medicaid program, unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program for the most recent 5 years and the termination occurred at least 20 years before the date of the application;
- Is currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General's List of Excluded Individuals and Entities.
NOTE: This section does not apply to candidates or applicants for initial licensure or certification who were enrolled in an educational or training program on or before July 1, 2009, which was recognized by a board or, if there is no board, recognized by the department, and who applied for licensure after July 1, 2012.