Missouri lawmakers renew push to license radiologic technologists

Lawmakers in Missouri are renewing efforts to formally license the state’s radiologic technologists, assistants and practitioner assistants.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph) requires anyone trained and working as an advanced radiology practitioner or radiologic technologists to be licensed by the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts.

According to an article in the St. Joseph News-Press, similar legislation failed in 2014 because of concerns about some of the bill’s language—concerns that have apparently been addressed in this bill. The legislation, if it passes, will go into effect this August.

Missouri is one of just five states—along with South Dakota, Alabama, Idaho, and North Carolina—with no licensure or regulatory laws for radiologic technologists.

Companion legislation has been introduced in the Missouri Senate by Sen. Rob. Schaaf (R-St. Joseph).