11 Oct 2017
Final-year students who will soon complete an approved program of study can go online now to apply for registration before they graduate.
Graduates need to be registered with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (the Board) before they can start practising.
Students must make an application for provisional or general registration, depending on which course they graduate from. Before applying online, students can confirm which registration type they must apply for by viewing the list of approved programs of study.
Graduates who are eligible for provisional registration are required to undertake a period of 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.
When making an application for general or provisional 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 must meet the Board’s registration requirements to be a registered medical radiation practitioner.
Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
The online graduate application service on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website helps to smooth the path from study to work by enabling final-year students to apply for registration with the Board four to six weeks before completing their course.
Applicants apply online by setting up an account with AHPRA with a unique and personal email address only they have access to. This allows for progress on the form to be saved and resumed as required.
Applicants then complete the application form, upload their supporting documents and pay the registration fee.
A short animated video about the obligations of medical radiation practitioners outlines the standards that must be met to become registered and also the professional standards expected of the profession in order to stay registered. The video and a supporting info graphic are published on the Registration page of the Board’s website.
A presentation is also published on the Student registration page explaining what students and new graduates need to know about registration.
Graduates are encouraged to find out how to use the online graduate application by accessing the information on the AHPRA website under Graduate applications.
How to apply for registration
There are three simple steps to registration for graduates:
What happens next?
AHPRA assesses the application which can only be finalised once the education provider provides advice that the student is eligible to graduate. AHPRA contacts the student if more information is needed and/or to confirm that registration has been granted.
New graduates registered with the Board are eligible to start work as soon as their name is published on the national register of practitioners.