Date of Adoption: April 14, 2003.
Purpose: WAC 246-926-100 Alternative training for radiological technologists, there is currently a critical shortage of certified technologists in Washington state. The proposed rule will allow more individuals to successfully complete the alternative training program and gain their certification as a nuclear medicine technologist in Washington state.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 246-926-100.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.84.040.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 03-01-110 on December 18, 2002.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making:
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Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
May 5, 2003
for Mary C. Selecky
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 121, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91)
WAC 246-926-100 Definitions -- Alternative training radiologic technologists. (1) Definitions. For the purposes of certifying radiologic technologists by alternative training methods the following definitions shall apply:
(a) "One quarter credit hour" equals eleven "contact hours";
(b) "One semester credit hour" equals sixteen contact hours;
(c) "One contact hour" is considered to be fifty minutes lecture time or one hundred minutes laboratory time;
(d) "One clinical year" is considered to be 1900 contact hours.
(e) "Immediate supervision" means the radiologist or nuclear medicine physician is in audible or visual range of the patient and the person treating the patient.
(f) "Direct supervision" means the supervisory clinical evaluator is on the premises, is quickly and easily available.
(g) "Indirect supervision" means the supervising radiologist or nuclear medicine physician is on site no less than half-time.
(h) "Allied health care profession" means an occupation for which programs are accredited by the American Medical Association Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation, Sixteenth Edition of the Allied Health Education Directory, 1988 or a previous edition.
(i) "Formal education" shall be obtained in postsecondary vocational/technical schools and institutions, community or junior colleges, and senior colleges and universities accredited by regional accrediting associations or by other recognized accrediting agencies or programs approved by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association.
(2) Clinical practice experience shall be supervised and verified by the approved clinical evaluators who must be:
(a) A certified radiologic technologist designated in the specialty area the individual is requesting certification who provides direct supervision; and
(b) A radiologist for those individuals requesting certification in practice of diagnostic radiologic technology or therapeutic radiologic technology; or for those individuals requesting certification as a nuclear medicine technologist, a physician specialist in nuclear medicine who provides indirect supervision. The physician supervisor shall routinely critique the films and evaluate the quality of the trainees' work; or
(c) The physician specialist in nuclear medicine who is providing indirect supervision may also provide direct supervision, when a certified nuclear medicine technologist is not available, for individuals requesting to become certified as a nuclear medicine technologist.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-926-100, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.84.040. 89-01-015 (Order PM 802), § 308-183-090, filed 12/9/88.]