13 Oct 2014
Final-year students who will soon complete an approved program of study can go online now to apply for registration before they graduate.
The online graduate application service on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website smooths the path from study to work by enabling final-year students to apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their course. All applicants are required to return some supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete their application.
Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia Chair Neil Hicks said students must make an application for provisional or general registration, depending on which course they graduated from.
‘Graduates of approved programs of study who are eligible for provisional registration are also required to undertake a period of supervised practice,’ Mr Hicks said.
‘Before applying online, students can confirm which registration type they must apply for by visiting the National Board’s website to review the list of approved programs of study.’
When making an application for registration, graduates must select the division of the profession in which they intend to practise. Divisions of registration are: diagnostic radiographers, nuclear medicine technologists and radiation therapists.
Graduates of approved programs of study must also meet the National Board’s registration requirements to be a registered medical radiation practitioner. Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
‘Graduates need to be a registered medical radiation practitioner before they can start practising, including those undertaking supervised practice,’ Mr Hicks said.
‘To assist with the processing of their application, it’s important that graduates post supporting documents to AHPRA as soon as possible after applying online.’
Graduates applying for provisional registration should read the National Board’s supervised practice program web page and note the requirements upon gaining employment.
The Board expects that students who apply for provisional registration will enrol soon after in the Board-approved supervised practice program administered by AHPRA.
There are five simple steps to registration for graduates: