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Office of Radiation Control - Frequently Asked Questions


General Information
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Duty to Report Information


General Information

Q: How do I become certified to operate x-ray equipment as a Radiation Technologist/Technician in the state of Delaware?

A: Complete the official form (ORC R16-D) located on the Radiological Technologist & Technician Certification page of this website, and submit the completed form with a check for $50.00 made payable to the Delaware Office of Radiation Control and the official form from the state that you are apply to. If you provide a fax number for the state you are applying to, the verification will be faxed as well as mailed, to that state to expedite the process.

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Q: How do I become certified to operate x-ray equipment as a Radiation Technologist/Technician in the state of Delaware?

A: All applicants desiring certification must submit a completed application, the required application fee, and either proof of national credential recognized by Delaware (ARRT, NMTCB, CCI or DANB CDA), OR pass a state-approved certification examination.

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Q: What is the age requirement for certification?

A: An applicant must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application, OR be currently enrolled in and attending an educational program in radiation technology, and pay a non-refundable application and examination fee (if applicable) established by rule of the Authority on Radiation Protection. An applicant who passes a state-approved certification examination but is not yet 18 years of age will be issued a certificate upon reaching their 18th birthday.

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Q: Who must be certified to practice?

A: All individuals administering radiation to human patients in Delaware who are not state-licensed practitioners must be certified, as required by the Radiation Technologist/Technician Certification Regulation No. established by Delaware’s Authority on Radiation Protection, which states "No individual other than a Licensed Practitioner or Certified Radiation Technologist/Technician shall use a Source of Radiation on humans for diagnostic, therapeutic and/or research purposes." State-licensed physicians, dentists and dental hygienists are exempt from the certification requirements for Radiation Technologists and Technicians in Delaware.

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Q: I hold a national registry credential from ARRT, NMTCB, CCI or DANB, how do I obtain an application for certification? I am registered by a national credentialing agency.

A: Application forms can be obtained on our website. You can download and print form R16N, Application for Radiography Certificate National Credential located on the right hand side of the web page under the Applications and Forms heading. Read and follow the instructions carefully and mail the completed application with the required application fee of $10.00 made payable to the Delaware Office of Radiation Control AND a photocopy of your national credential (membership card or certificate) to the address specified on the application form.

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Q: I do not hold a national credential recognized by Delaware, and wish to apply for Radiation Technician certification. What do I do?

A: There are 3 categories of state certification exams:

  • Dental-Applicants for the Delaware Dental Radiological Technology Exam must apply directly to the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) at www.DANB.org, or 1-800-CALL-DANB. After passing the DANB exam, individuals must submit an application for radiography certificate (R16S), proof of passing the DANB exam (passing test results letter from DANB) and check or money order for $10.00 payable to the Delaware Office of Radiation Control.
  • Limited Scope Medical- Applicants for the Delaware Radiation Technician certificate, Limited Scope Medical must submit an application to the Office of Radiation Control, in order to take the state exam. You can download and print form R16S, Application for Radiography Certificate State from the ORC webpage. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Mail the completed application with the required exam/application fee of $110.00 to the address located on the application form. Your name, address, birth date and social security number will be submitted to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), who will then contact you to schedule your examination.
  • Bone Densitometry- Applicants for the Delaware Radiation Technician certificate, Bone Densitometry must submit an application to the Office of Radiation Control, in order to take the state exam. You can download and print form R16S, Application for Radiography Certificate State from the ORC webpage. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Mail the completed application with the required exam/application fee of $110.00 to the address located on the application form. Your name, address, birth date and social security number will be submitted to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), who will then contact you to schedule your examination.

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Q: Once my application is submitted for certification, how long will it take to receive the certificate?

A: Applications for certification are processed in the order received, and processing time depends on the volume of applications in progress. The average time to process an application is typically within three weeks after receipt provided that the application form is complete and all required supporting documents and fees are properly submitted.

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Q: What forms of payment does the state accept for fees?

A: Check or money order must be made payable to the Delaware Office of Radiation Control (cash will not be accepted). Incomplete applications and applications containing cash will be returned. Credit card payment is not available.

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Q: My certification is about to expire! What is the certification renewal process and cost to renew a certification?

A: A renewal application can be obtained on our web site. You can download and print form R-16B Renewal for Radiography Certificate located on the right hand side of the web page, under the Applications and Forms heading. Read and follow the instructions carefully and mail the completed application with the required application fee of $50.00 made payable to the Delaware Office of Radiation Control to the address located on the application form. Individuals who hold a national credential (ARRT, NMTCB, CCI, DANB/CDA) must also include a photocopy of their membership card in good standing with their application form and check. Incomplete applications will be returned. The certification renewal application must be received by the Office of Radiation Control approximately 30 days before a certification expires in order for renewal to be processed in a timely manner.

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Q: I recently married so my last name has changed, OR I have moved to another address. How do I notify the Office of Radiation Control about name or address changes?

A: Name or address information can be updated using form R16-A, Change of Name/Address for Radiography Certificate found on our web page. You can download and print form R-16A located on the right hand side of the web page under the Applications and Forms heading. Read and follow the instructions carefully and mail the completed application to the address on the application form. In order to maintain your certification, you are required to notify this office immediately of any name or address changes. Failure to do so may jeopardize your certification standing. If requesting name change to your certificate, proof is required, (photo copy of marriage license, judgment of divorce, or court papers), and upon determination that your application is complete, a certificate reflecting the documented name change will be mailed to you.

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Q: I am applying for a license in another state that requires verification of my Delaware license. What is the process for specific individual(s) holding Radiation Technologist /Technician certification(s) to request licensure verification to a licensing authority in another jurisdiction?

A: A Verification of Licensure form for individual(s) holding Radiation Technologist/Technician certification is accessible on the Office of Radiation Control webpage. In addition, a searchable PDF file is posted on our webpage along with instructions on how to use the PDF, which is refreshed every two weeks. There are 2 categories that apply:

  1. The hard copy primary regulator verification that requires a Notary Public Seal requested by other states.
  2. 2. Employees, employment agencies or others can use the Public File (searchable PDF) located on the web page.

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Q: Can I practice with a temporary license until a full certification/license is issued?

A: Individuals who have applied and been determined eligible to sit for AN ARRT or NMTCB National Credential Exam may be issued a single, temporary certificate effective for 90 days. Individuals must submit an application with a photocopy of their ARRT or NMTCB exam reservation or status report. Only one Temporary Certificate will be issued. The Temporary Certificate grants the same rights as the credential for which the applicant is awaiting examination, and expires in 90 days, to allow sufficient time for the applicant to take and pass their national credential examination. The applicant must submit a separate application after they have passed their exam, in order to obtain a permanent certificate.

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Q: Does the state of Delaware recognize licenses or certificates issued by other states (reciprocity)?

A: No. An applicant must meet the national credentialing body requirements or pass a state exam to become certified as a Radiation Technologist or Technician.

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Q: The online searchable PDF File shows active, expired and terminated status. What is the difference between active, expired and terminated license, and what are my options to renew my license?

A: An active license allows an individual to practice legally in Delaware. An individual whose license has expired cannot legally operate x-ray equipment, but the regulations allow 180 days after the expiration date to renew the certificate. Once terminated, the original certificate number is retired, and the individual is required to submit a new application.

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Q: Do I need to complete any continuing education courses to renew my license?

A: No. Continuing education is not a requirement for renewal of a Delaware license. However, Delaware requires submittal of photocopy of a national credential in good standing for renewal of Medical Radiologic Technologist, Radiation Therapist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Cardiovascular Radiation Technologist and DANB CDA-credentialed Dental Assistants. Continuing education is required by most national credentialing boards, to maintain the credential in good standing.

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Q: I was convicted of a felony some years ago, can I still apply for licensure?

A: Yes. Individuals convicted of a felony within the past 10 years may apply, but must disclose this information on the application form and submit documentation describing the circumstances and how the felony conviction was resolved.

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Q: Can my employer be in any trouble if I am taking x-rays without a license?

A: Yes. If an employer knowingly employs an individual to operate x-ray equipment when the individual does not have a current, active Delaware Radiation Technologist or Technician certificate, a Notice of Violation will be issued to the facility owner, and an administrative penalty can be imposed in an amount not to exceed $500.00 for a first offense and an amount not to exceed $750.00 for a subsequent offense.

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Q: What is the simplest way to navigate to the Office of Radiation Control (ORC) Home Page on the internet?

A: Enter the key words "Delaware Office of Radiation Control" into an internet search engine (eg. Google), then click on the link labeled "Office of Radiation Control."

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Q: How do I apply for certification without a social security number?

A: Applicants who do not possess a social security number may submit a notarized affidavit with their application for radiation technologist/technician certification. Either a social security number, OR this affidavit must be provided in order for the application to be deemed complete.

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Duty to Report Information

Q: Who is obligated to report a medical licensee who is or may be medically incompetent, guilty of unprofessional conduct, or mentally or physically unable to engage safely in the practice of medicine?

A: Section 1731A of the Medical Practice Act requires the following persons and organizations to make such reports to the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline:

  • All Delaware licensed physicians
  • All Delaware health care providers
  • State Medical Association and its components
  • All health care institutions in the State
  • All State agencies; and
  • All law enforcement agencies in the State

Such reports should be filed in writing with the Executive Director, Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, within 30 days from becoming aware of such information.

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Q: How do I file a complaint?

A: Complaints can be filed with the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline in accordance with 24 Del. C., § 1733. Specifically, they must be in writing, signed and include an address and phone number for the complainant. They must also include the name and location of the professional who is the subject of your complaint and sufficient facts giving the details of your complaint. For convenience, you may view the investigative process and download a complaint form.

Mail complaints to the attention of:

Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline Division of Professional Regulation Cannon Building, Suite 203 861 Silver Lake Boulevard Dover, DE 19904-2467 (302) 739-2711 fax

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Q: How can I spot unprofessional conduct and inability to practice medicine?

A: It is very important that you watch for unusual conduct or warning signs such as:

  • Unprofessional conduct that would constitute a crime substantially related to the practice of medicine;
  • Misconduct, including but not limited to sexual misconduct, incompetence or gross negligence or pattern of negligence in the practice of medicine or other profession or occupation.
  • See Delaware Code Title 24, Chapter 17, section 1731b for a complete list.

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Q: How will my rights be protected from lawsuits after I exercise the duty to report requirements?

A: A person who files a complaint with the Board, or provides information to the Board regarding a complaint, or who testifies as a witness at a hearing before the Board concerning unprofessional conduct may not be held liable in any cause of action arising out of the filing of the complaint, the providing of information, or the giving of testimony, provided that the person does so in good faith and without gross or negligence per Delaware Code Title 24, section 1731e.

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Q: What happens to those suspected of patient abuse or neglect?

A: Upon receiving a report, the Board will investigate any evidence which appears to show that the person reported is or may be guilty of unprofessional conduct or may be unable to practice medicine with reasonable skill or safety to patients. If a person whom a certificate to practice medicine is issued is found to be in violation, the Board may decide to apply disciplinary actions for unprofessional conduct, by means of levying a fine, or by the restriction, suspension or revocation, either permanent or temporary, of that person's certificate to practice medicine, or by other appropriate action. The Board will permanently revoke the certificate to practice medicine in the state of Delaware who is convicted of a felony sexual offense in accordance with Delaware Code Title 24, Section 1731A (c).

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