NMTCB Continuing Education Policy

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Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board

POLICY ON CONTINUING EDUCATION
Updated March 11, 2013

Rationale: The NMTCB entry-level examination is a test of knowledge. The knowledge base for nuclear medicine technology continues to change. Therefore, persons certified by the NMTCB must demonstrate a continued accumulation of knowledge about the field.

Definition of terms:

NMTCB Certificate: A certificate granted by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) signifying recognition that an individual has met certification qualifications set from time to time by the NMTCB, including, but not limited to education, experience, examination, and good moral character.

Certificant: An individual who holds any NMTCB certificate.

Types of NMTCB Certificates:

Active: A duly issued NMTCB certificate currently in good standing.

Inactive: A duly issued NMTCB certificate which is no longer active and is not in good standing due to non-payment of renewal fees.

Retired: An inactive certificate of a certificant who has claimed retirement from the field of nuclear medicine technology.

Emeritus: An inactive certificate of a certificant with either 15 years active certification, or 10 years active certification and over the age of 62.

Probation: The certificant maintains certification, but specific requirements must be met within a given time frame in order to return to Active status. If the probation requirements are not met, the certificant may be subject to further administrative discipline.

Suspension: The certificant has his/her certification removed. There is a possibility of the certification being reinstated after specific requirements have been met.

Revoked: The certificant has had his/her certification removed with no possibility of reinstatement.

Methods: NMTCB certificants will be required to demonstrate involvement in educational activities by completing the following:

Continuing education (CE) credits: a minimum of one (1) hour of continuing education is required for each month of the CE Cycle.

Mechanisms:

Nuclear Medicine Technologists (CNMT)

The NMTCB uses a biennial (two year) CE Cycle based on the certificant's birth month and shall use an odd year-even year system based on the initial certification year for assigning CE Cycles. The NMTCB requires certificants to record the hours of CE obtained during the CE Cycle. The annual renewal statement requires certificants to attest to their current CE status. Excess CE credits (more than the number of hours required for the current CE Cycle) may not be carried over into the next CE Cycle.
Certificants are responsible for keeping records of CE hours obtained.

Biennial Continuing Education Requirements:

  1. New Certificants
    • The first CE Cycle for new certificants in an even numbered year begins on the first day of the month of certification and is pro-rated to the last day of the month immediately preceding their birth month in the next even numbered year. The CE requirement of this first CE Cycle is one CE per month of the cycle as described.
    • The first CE Cycle for new certificants in an odd numbered year begins on the first day of the month of certification and is pro-rated to the last day of the month immediately preceding their birth month in the next odd numbered year. The CE requirement of this first CE Cycle is one CE per month of the cycle as described.
  2. Subsequent CE Cycles will run from the first day of the certificant's birth month to the last day of the month immediately preceding the birth month in the next even or odd year. As this period is 24 months, 24 hours of CE must be obtained during this cycle.
  3. Certificants are permitted to make a one time change to their CE Cycle (i.e. from Even to Odd or from Odd to Even) NMTCB CE Cycle Change Request Form

Computed Tomography Technologists (NMTCB(CT))

  • Certification must be renewed annually AND the NMTCB(CT) Certificant must consistently maintain NMTCB (CNMT) certification and/or ARRT(N) and/or CAMRT nuclear medicine credentials either as "Active", "in compliance" or "in good standing"
  • Biennial Continuing Education Requirements:
    1. The NMTCB(CT) Certificant is required to obtain a total of 12 hours of continuing education specific to CT in each 2 year CE cycle, in addition to the 24 hours of CE required to maintain nuclear medicine certification.

Nuclear Cardiology Technologists (NCT)

  • Certification must be renewed annually AND the NCT Certificant must consistently maintain NMTCB (CNMT) certification and/or ARRT(N) and/or CAMRT nuclear medicine credentials either as "Active", "in compliance" or "in good standing"
  • NCT Certification is valid for up to 7 years as is consistent for all NMTCB Specialty Exams. After 7 years, recertification will be required. This means the certificant must pass a recertification examination in order to maintain the credentials.
  • Biennial Continuing Education Requirements:
    1. The NCT Certificant is not required to obtain addditional CE in order to maintain this specialty credential.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

  • Certification must be renewed annually AND the PET Certificant must consistently maintain their NMTCB (CNMT) certification, ARRT(N), CAMRT nuclear medicine credentials and/or CAMRT(RT), CAMRT(RTT), ARRT(R) or ARRT(T) as either as "Active", "in compliance" or "in good standing."
  • PET Certification is valid for up to 7 years as is consistent for all NMTCB Specialty Exams. After 7 years, recertification will be required. This means the certificant must pass a recertification examination in order to maintain the credentials.
  • Biennial Continuing Education Requirements:
    1. The PET Certificant is not required to obtain addditional CE in order to maintain this specialty credential.

Nuclear Medicine Advanced Associates (NMAA)

  • Certification must be renewed annually AND the NMAA Certificant must consistently maintain NMTCB (CNMT) certification and/or ARRT(N) and/or CAMRT nuclear medicine credentials either as "Active", "in compliance" or "in good standing".
  • NMAA Certification is valid for up to 7 years as is consistent for all NMTCB Specialty Exams. After 7 years, recertification will be required. Specific recertification requirements are in the process of being developed. They may or may not include a recertification examination.
  • Biennial Continuing Education Requirements:
    1. 24 standard continuing education hours as defined in the NMTCB CE Policy; PLUS
    2. 24 Category A+ and/or American Medical Association (AMA) approved CME continuing education hours.

Certificants will be randomly chosen for an audit of their CE records and compliance with this CE Policy. These individuals will be required to provide documentation of the CE activities for the previous CE Cycle within 60 days of the postmark on the letter from the NMTCB. If a certificant is audited and fails to provide documentation and/or does not meet the CE requirements, he/she will be placed on 6 months probation, and will be required to complete the deficient CE hours for the audited cycle by the end of the probation period. If the certificant fails to meet all the CE requirements by the end of the probationary period, his/her certification will be suspended. If after six additional months the CE requirements have not been met, the certificant will be required to meet the current eligibility requirements and pass the Entry Level Exam in order to be certified again. The CE credits obtained during the probation period may not be counted towards the CE hours that are required for the subsequent CE Cycle.

Falsification of CE documentation may result in the revocation of certification(s), monetary fines to cover costs of investigation, and/or permanent disbarment from any and all NMTCB examinations.
The NMTCB reserves the right to require that those selected for CE audit must submit a copy of original documentation of participation in CE activities.

Back to Top Many organizations offer continuing education opportunities online or through meetings or journal activities. Many of these organizations only prepare the activities and are not approval organizations. However, most organization have their activities approved by a recognized continuing education approval organization. Before participating in a continuing education activity, please check with the sponsor to be certain that the activity is approved by one of the organizations listed below.

The following organizations meet the NMTCB's criteria for awarding continuing education credits, therefore educational activities approved by any of these groups will be accepted by the NMTCB. The NMTCB will not recognize continuing education hours that are not approved by one of the organizations listed. Please note that the NMTCB accepts all CE approved by these organizations, including approved vendor applications training. Click on each organization's name to visit their website (this list is reviewed and updated on an annual basis):

NOTE: Technologists should contact organizations directly from which they are acquiring continuing education hours to submit a request for addition to the NMTCB approved list if the organization is not currently listed. NMTCB will not contact individual organizations. Click here for more information

Back to Top Sources of CE Equivalency: The NMTCB does recognize certain activities as being the equivalent to a specific number of CE hours, even though these are not approved by one of the recognized organizations listed above.

  1. Specialty examination: successful completion of any post-primary specialty examination offered by the NMTCB, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA). Successful completion of a specialty exam will be recognized as the equivalent of 24 hours of CE. Note: The entry level examinations for the NMTCB and the ARRT (Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy, Sonography or Primary Magnetic Resonance Imaging) are not considered the equivalent to CE hours.
  2. Certain college level courses: Official grade transcripts from an accredited post-secondary school must be submitted as proof of successful completion (grade of C or better) of college courses related to the Radiological Health Sciences, Patient Care, Business/ Management, Technology and/or Education. The equivalent of sixteen CE hours will be recognized for successful completion of one semester college credit or 12 CE hours per quarter college credit.
  3. Successful completion of American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) will be recognized as the equivalent of 6 CE hours per 2-year cycle. A signed and dated copy of the ACLS certification card must be submitted for the credits to be recognized. Successful completion of Basic Life Support (BLS) or CPR training is NOT recognized as meeting the continuing education requirements of the NMTCB. Certification or licensure as a BLS or CPR instructor also is NOT recognized as meeting the continuing education requirements of the NMTCB.
  4. Successful completion of American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) will be recognized as the equivalent of 6 CE hours per 2-year cycle. A signed and dated copy of the PALS certification card must be submitted for the credits to be recognized. Successful completion of Basic Life Support (BLS) or CPR training is NOT recognized as meeting the continuing education requirements of the NMTCB. Certification or licensure as a BLS or CPR instructor also is NOT recognized as meeting the continuing education requirements of the NMTCB.
  5. Successful completion of both ACLS and PALS (as described above) will be recognized as the equivalent of 9 CE hours per 2-year cycle. A signed and dated copy of the ACLS and PALS certification cards must be submitted for the credits to be recognized. Successful completion of Basic Life Support (BLS) or CPR training is NOT recognized as meeting the continuing education requirements of the NMTCB. Certification or licensure as a BLS or CPR instructor also is NOT recognized as meeting the continuing education requirements of the NMTCB.

Back to Top Certificants who have not maintained Active status continually: The NMTCB provides limited mechanism for certificants who have let their certification lapse.

In order to return to Active status after less than 5 years, a certificant may reactivate by completing both of the following requirements:

  • Paying back dues up to a total of no more than the current examination fee, plus a $65 reactivation fee, AND
  • Documentation of completion of 12 continuing education credits for each year he/she was inactive

In order to return to Active status after 5 years or more, you are no longer considered a certificant and must pass the entry-level examination in order to reactivate. To reactivate, you must submit a new application to the NMTCB under current eligibility requirements - either as a program graduate or an Alternate Eligibility applicant.