Radiology Programs

Podiatry X-Ray Operator Continuing Education Program

September 25, 2021

In the State of Tennessee, any person who applies x-rays to human beings for diagnostic purposes in a podiatrist’s office in Tennessee must be certified by the Tennessee Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners. Each person certified by the Board must biennially (every two years) complete 4 hours of radiological related continuing education. TPMA offers the 4 hours of continuing education at its annual conference each year.

The next 4-hour podiatry x-ray operator continuing education program will be held on September 25, 2021 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs Hotel in conjunction with TPMA's Annual Scientific Conference. 

**Only register for this 4-hour program if you are currently certified by the Tennessee Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners as a podiatry x-ray operator and need the required 4-hours of radiological related continuing education. DO NOT register for this program if you are not yet certified by the Board. If you are not certified by the Board, you will need to register for the online 6-hour radiology didactic and examination program outlined below. No refunds will be issued to registrants who take the wrong program.**

Registration Rates

Podiatry X-Ray Operator (Employed by TPMA Member DPM) - By 8/1/21 $299, After 8/1/21 $349
Podiatry X-Ray Operator (Not Employed by TPMA Member DPM)  - By 8/1/21 $349, After 8/1/21 $399

Program Guide [Coming Spring 2021]
Registration [Coming Spring 2021]


Radiology Didactic Instruction & Examination Program

COMING EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE YEAR-ROUND!

In the State of Tennessee, any person who applies x-rays to human beings for diagnostic purposes in a podiatrist’s office in Tennessee must be certified by the Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.

TPMA will offer the 6 hours of didactic instruction and the radiology exam that is required for certification exclusively online year-round. TPMA is recognized under Tennessee law to offer the didactic instruction and administer the exam. 

Registration information for the new online course will be posted on this page in the spring of 2021 and TPMA members will be notified by email as well.

**Passage of the exam does not mean that the individual is certified to perform x-rays. The individual must apply for certification through the Tennessee Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners. The application can be found here.**


Requirements

Podiatry X-Ray Operator Certification Requirements:

  • Education Requirement: Verification of attendance and successful completion of six (6) contact hours of didactic instruction in the field of x-ray operation.
  • Training Requirement: Verification of successful completion of at least sixty (60) hours of supervised clinical experience.
    • The supervised clinical experience shall include, but not be limited to, training in radiographic methodology, technique, patient care and positioning, equipment maintenance, darkroom, x-ray processing, radiation protection and x-ray quality control.
    • The x-ray operator, while attaining the supervised clinical experience, may take x-rays only in the presence of the supervising licensed podiatrist or a certified podiatric x-ray operator.
  • Examination Requirement: The applicant must successfully complete an examination approved by the Board and shall achieve a minimum score of 70. Examination scores obtained by an applicant in order to apply for certification shall be effective for five (5) years from the date that the applicant took the examination or the last part of the examination, should the examination be given in multiple parts.

Continuing Education Requirements:

  • Each person certified by the Board must biennially (every two years) complete four (4) hours of radiological related continuing education.

Proof of Continuing Education:

  • Each licensee must retain proof of attendance and completion of all continuing education requirements. This documentation must be retained for a period of four (4) years from the end of the biennial time period in which the continuing education was required. This documentation must be produced for inspection and verification, if requested in writing by the Board during its verification process. The Board will not maintain continuing education files.