16 Nov 2015
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 supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete their application. It is important that this is done as soon as possible after applying online - see Next Steps Checklist. Certain applicants will need to apply for an international criminal history check (ICHC) before submitting their application for registration.
Students must make an application for provisional or general registration, depending on which course they graduated from. Before applying online, students can confirm which registration type they must apply for by viewing the list of approved programs of study.
Graduates of approved programs of study who are eligible for provisional registration are also required to undertake a period of supervised practice.
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 meet the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia’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.
Individuals applying for provisional registration should read about the Board’s supervised practice program 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.
A short, animated video about the obligations of registered medical radiation practitioners will be published on the Board’s website soon. It outlines the standards that must be met to become registered and also the professional standards expected of the profession to stay registered.
There are six simple steps to registration for graduates: