The California Senate is considering a bill that would license and create a scope of practice for radiologist assistants.
Senate Bill 480, sponsored by Sen. Bob Archuleta, would establish the Radiologist Assistant Practice Act, to be administered by the Radiologist Assistant Committee of the Medical Board of California. The bill would establish requirements for licensure, including completion of an approved education program and certification as a registered radiologist assistant by ARRT or as a radiology practitioner assistant by the Certification Board for Radiology Practitioner Assistants. The bill prescribes requirements for supervision of an RA by a radiologist, prohibits a radiologist assistant from performing specified acts and makes a violation of the act’s provisions a misdemeanor.
The bill is supported by American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the California Society of Radiologic Technologists, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Society of Radiology Physician Extenders.
Activities supporting S.B. 480 are expected to intensify towards the end of 2019