Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistants who are unable to attend the Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Program during the FPMA Science and Management Symposium (SAM) held in the Orlando, Florida area every year in January, or the FPMA Summer Conference, can earn their eight (8) hours of required continuing education contact hours (CECH) for the current biennium (April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2020) by taking the FPMA Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Home Study Recertification course and passing the FPMA Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Home Study Recertification course exam.
Podiatric X-Ray Assistants who are not yet licensed are required to attend the Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Program during one of FPMA's annual conferences prior to the end of the current biennium (March 31, 2020) in order to obtain their initial licensure and are not eligible to take the FPMA Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Home Study Recertification course for initial licensure.
Click HERE to access the FPMA Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Home Study Recertification course application form.
**PLEASE NOTE: THE HOME STUDY VERSION OF THE FPMA PODIATRIC X-RAY ASSISTANT COURSE FOR RECERTIFICATION WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE FROM MARCH 19 - 27, 2020, PRIOR TO THE END OF THE CURRENT BIENNIUM.**.
Podiatric X-Ray Assistants are issued a license beginning with a "PXA" prefix by the Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine.
Podiatric X-Ray Assistants are on the same biennial renewal cycle as Podiatric Physicians. During each two year period (biennium), Podiatric X-Ray Assistants must obtain eight (8) hours of CECH, which includes a two-hour mandatory Medical Errors course. Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistants may use the Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Home Study Recertification course for two consecutive bienniums. However, during the ensuing biennium (the third biennium), Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistants must physically attend the Podiatric X-Ray Assistant program offered at one of FPMA's two annual conferences [Science & Management Symposium (SAM) and the FPMA Summer Conference]. After that, Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistants may again take the Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Home Study Recertification Course for two consecutive bienniums followed by a live Podiatric X-Ray Assistant course.
The Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine mails out renewal applications to both Podiatric Physicians and Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistants during the months of November and December, prior to the end of the biennium. The current biennium is April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2020.
If you do not receive your application for recertification from the Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine, you can:
1. Contact the Licensing Division at (850) 488-0595. Please do not call FPMA. The Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine is the entity that issues this certification; FPMA's role is to provide the course and exam for initial certification (upon passing, names are certified to the Department) and the course for recertification.
2. Go to http://floridaspodiatricmedicine.gov/licensing/ for more information.
PLEASE NOTE: Podiatric X-Ray Assistants certified by the Bureau of Radiation Control (Bureau) are NOT included in this category and the Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Home Study Recertification course cannot be used by those X-Ray Assistants to obtain CECH. Also, SAM (which is held during the month of January each year) no longer offers the course for renewal by those assistants certified by the Bureau of Radiation Control. Contact the Bureau at (850) 245-4266 to obtain information regarding continuing education programs that are approved by the Bureau.
Important Information: Statute relating to Initial Licensure and Relicensure in the State of Florida - This statute applies to both Licensed DPMs and Podiatric X-Ray Assistants and those individuals who wish to become licensed in the State of Florida:
Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes
Important Notice for Initial Licensure Applicants and Renewals:
Effective July 1, 2012, Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, provides that health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant:
Any such conviction or plea shall exclude the applicant or candidate from licensure, examination, certification, or registration, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended:
NOTE: This section does not apply to candidates or applicants for initial licensure or certification who were enrolled in an educational or training program on or before July 1, 2009, which was recognized by a board or, if there is no board, recognized by the department, and who applied for licensure after July 1, 2012.