X-Ray Assistant Recertification
IMPORTANT UPDATE: As part of the response efforts to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), Governor Ron DeSantis extended the licensure renewal expiration date until May 31, 2020 for any health care practitioner with licensure renewal deadlines between March 21 and April 30, 2020.
This includes Podiatric Physicians and Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistants.
Therefore, the current licensure renewal expiration date (March 31, 2020) has now been extended to May 31, 2020.
Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Recertification Course Registration
Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistants licensed in Florida 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 required continuing education contact hours (CECH) for the current biennium by taking the FPMA Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Recertification course and passing the course exam.
The Florida Podiatric Medical Association is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. The Florida Podiatric Medical Association has approved this activity for a maximum of 8.0 continuing education contact hours.
|Click HERE to access the FPMA Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Recertification course application form.|
- X-Ray Assistants who seek initial licensure are required to attend the Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Program during one of FPMA's annual conferences prior to the end of the biennium in order to obtain their initial licensure and are not eligible to take the FPMA Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Recertification course for initial licensure.
- A new continuing education requirement for Podiatric Physicians AND Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistants in Florida was implemented by the Florida Legislature. Podiatric Physicians and Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistants must complete a one-hour board-approved course on Human Trafficking. Completion of this course is required by January 1, 2021. To find out more about this new requirement, click HERE.
- Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistants may take the FPMA Podiatric X-Ray Assistant 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. After that, Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistants may again take the FPMA Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Recertification Course for two consecutive bienniums followed by a live Podiatric X-Ray Assistant course.
- X-Ray Assistants certified by the Bureau of Radiation Control cannot take the FPMA Podiatric X-Ray Assistant Recertification course to obtain CECH. It is recommended that these X-Ray Assistants contact the Bureau to obtain information regarding continuing education programs that are approved by the Bureau.
Additional Information for Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistants
- 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 (two-year) renewal cycle as Podiatric Physicians. During each biennium, Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistants must obtain eight (8) hours of CECH, which includes a two-hour mandatory Medical Errors 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 each biennium. As such, Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistants need to make sure the Florida Department of Health has their current address. The contact number for the Florida Department of Health is (850) 245-4444.
- If you have any questions concerning recertification/licensure, contact the Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine Customer Contact Center 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 for recertification and the course and exam for initial certification (upon passing, names are certified to the Florida Department of Health).
- See the Useful Links section above to access additional information concerning Certified Podiatric X-Ray Assistant relicensure in the State of Florida.