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Medical Physicist in Medical Nuclear Physics


A medical physicist is a person who applies the principles of physics to direct, contain, and control radiation used for medical purposes. Medical nuclear physics is the branch of medical physics pertaining to the therapeutic and diagnostic application of radionuclides, excluding those used in sealed sources for therapeutic purposes, the analysis and interpretation of performance measurements associated with radiation imaging equipment and performance oversight of radionuclide calibration equipment associated with the use and production of radionuclides, the analysis and interpretation of measurements and calculations associated with patient organ doses, and the radiation safety aspects associated with the production and use of radionuclides.

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 Requirements:

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 Requirements:

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 requirements:

You must successfully complete either A or B below.

  1. The American Board of Radiology (ABR) General Radiologic Physics Examination (Part I) and the Specialty Area Examination in Medical Nuclear Physics (Part II);
  2. OR

  3. The American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine (ABSNM) General Examination and the Specialty Examination in Nuclear Medical Physics and Instrumentation.

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.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2014, there was 1 license issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there was 1 license issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2016, there were 96 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

Standard Occupational Classification:

19-1042 - Medical Scientists, except Epidemiologists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine
1850 Samuel Morse Drive
Reston, VA 2019
Phone: (703) 708-9000 Ext. 1227
Fax: (703) 708-9013


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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