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Medical Physicist Diagnostic Radiological Physics

Description:

A medical physicist is a person who applies the principles of physics to direct, contain, and control radiation used for medical purposes. Diagnostic radiological physics is the branch of medical physics relating to the diagnostic application of radiation, the analysis and interpretation of image quality, performance measurements and calibration of equipment associated with the production and use of radiation and, the analysis and interpretation of measurements associated with the production and use of radiation.

Licensing Requirements:

To be licensed as a professional medical physicist in New York State you must:

  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • meet education and examination requirements;
  • meet experience requirements.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 166, Section 8705 of New York's Education Law.

Education Requirement:

To meet the professional education requirement for licensure, you must present evidence of completion of a master's or doctoral degree program that is:

  • registered by the Department as licensure qualifying; or
  • accredited in medical physics by an acceptable accrediting agency; or
  • determined by the Department to be the substantial equivalent.

Experience Requirement:

To meet the experience requirement for licensure, you must present evidence of completion of at least two years of full-time work experience or its equivalent in the medical physics specialty for which you seek licensure, including at least one year of full-time work experience or its equivalent within the five years preceding the date of application. The work experience must be within the practice of a medical physics specialty, in accordance with definitions of the specialty and the practice of medical physics in Education Law. A year of full-time work experience or its equivalent means a minimum of 1,200 clock hours in the medical physics specialty.

Examination Requirement:

You must successfully complete the American Board of Radiology (ABR) General Radiologic Physics Examination (Part I) and the Specialty Area Examination in Diagnostic Radiologic Physics (Part II).

Fees (as of November 2, 2016)

The fee for licensure in the first specialty is $495 with an additional fee of $370 for each additional specialty.
The fee for a limited permit is $60 for each specialty.

Licensing Issued:

In 2014, there were 6 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 4 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2016, there were 151 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Medical Physics Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 260
E-mail: opunit2@mail.nysed.gov

Standard Occupational Classification:

19-1042 - Medical Scientists, except Epidemiologists
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Additional Information:

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine
1631 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (571) 298-1300
Fax: (571) 298-1301
E-mail: 2016.aapm@aapm.org

Disclaimer:

Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 11/30/16.

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