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CE for NCT Registry

Continuing Education Requirements have been reviewed and updated

Concerns were raised regarding new continuing education requirements for MRTs, LMRTs and NCTs in Texas Administrative Code, Title 22, Part 9, Chapter 194, Subchapter A, Rule 194.7(c), as it was adopted on April 3, 2017.  Those concerns were reviewed by the Texas Board of Medical Radiologic Technology and a new rule update was adopted to become effective on September 16, 2018.  Please see details of the current regulations below.

 

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Senate Bill 202 (effective September 1, 2015) transferred four occupational regulatory programs from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Medical Board (TMB). Medical Physicists, Medical Radiologic Technologists, Perfusionists, and Respiratory Care Practitioners are now regulated by the TMB and each occupation’s respective board/advisory committee.  

 

As a prerequisite for registration, limited medical radiologic technologists are required to complete continuing education. Current requirements for limited medial radiologic technologists are summarized below. If you would like to review the current rule, these requirements are currently listed under the Texas Administrative Code, Title 22, Part 9, Chapter 194, Subchapter A, Rule 194.7(c), adopted to be effective September 16, 2018, located here.

 

Non-certified radiologic technicians (NCT) need to complete a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education (CE) every 24 months (24 month timeline goes by the biennial registration period, not the calendar year). A permit holder must report during registration if she or he has completed the required CE during the previous two years (biennial registration period).  

Documentation of CE courses shall be made available to the Board upon request, but should not be submitted with the registration. Random audits will be made to assure compliance.

 

If you have any questions regarding continuing education requirements, please email us at registrations@tmb.state.tx.us .

 

 

Non-certified Radiologic Technician Registry CE Requirements (Per Biennium)

12 total hours acceptable CE required per biennium

  • At least 6 (of the 12) hours CE must be satisfied by attendance and participation in formal courses that are designated for Category A or A-plus credits of CE evaluated by an organization recognized by ARRT as a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM) or RCEEM-plus during the biennial renewal period. 
    • This is not an increase in the number of Category A or A-plus credits from the April 3, 2017 update of the Board rule.
    • In-person, instructor-led courses are NOT required at this time.
  • No more than 6 hours for the biennial renewal period may be composed of self-study or courses not approved for formal CE, and shall be recorded in a manner that can be easily transmitted to the board upon request
    • Any additional hours completed through self-study must be verifiable, through activities that include reading materials, audio materials, audiovisual materials, or a combination thereof.  See “Alternative Continuing Education Accepted by the Board" below.
  • There is a maximum of 12 total excess credit hours that may be carried forward from a renewal period and applied to the CE requirements in the subsequent renewal period.
  • Excess credits may not be carried forward more than 2 years.
  • Those who hold temporary permits/certificates are not subject to these continuing education requirements.

 

Content of Continuing Education

  • At least 50% of the required number of hours must be activities which are directly related to the use and application of ionizing forms of radiation to produce diagnostic images and/or administer treatment to human beings for medical purposes. 
    • Directly related topics include, but are not limited to:
      • radiation safety, radiation biology and radiation physics;
      • anatomical positioning;
      • radiographic exposure technique;
      • radiological exposure technique;
      • emerging imaging modality study;
      • patient care associated with a radiologic procedure;
      • radio pharmaceutics, pharmaceutics, and contrast media application;
      • computer function and application in radiology;
      • mammography applications
      • nuclear medicine application;
      • and radiation therapy applications.
  • No more than 50% of the required number of hours may be satisfied by completing or participating in learning activities which are related to the use and application of non-ionizing forms of radiation for medical purposes.
  • No more than 50% of the required number of hours may be satisfied by completing or participating in learning activities which are indirectly related to radiologic technology.
    • Indirectly related topics include, but are not limited to:
      • patient care,
      • computer science,
      • computer literacy,
      • introduction to computers or computer software,
      • physics,
      • human behavioral sciences,
      • mathematics,
      • communication skills,
      • public speaking,
      • technical writing,
      • management,
      • administration,
      • accounting,
      • ethics,
      • adult education,
      • medical sciences,
      • and health sciences.
    • Other courses may be accepted for credit provided there is a demonstrated benefit to patient care.

 

Alternative Continuing Education Accepted by the Board

The additional activities for which continuing education credit will be awarded are as follows:

  • The successful completion of an entry-level or advanced-level examination previously passed in the same discipline of radiologic technology administered by or for the ARRT during the renewal period.
    • The examinations shall be topics dealing with ionizing forms of radiation administered to human beings for medical purposes.
    • Such successful completion shall be limited to not more than one-half of the continuing education hours required.
  • The successful completion or recertification in a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course, basic cardiac life support course, or advanced cardiac life support course during the continuing education period. Such successful completion or recertification shall be limited to not more than:
    • three hours credit during a renewal period for a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course or basic cardiac life support course; or
    • 6 hours credit during a renewal period for an advanced cardiac life support course.
  • Attendance and participation in tumor conferences (limited to six hours), in-service education and training offered or sponsored by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)-accredited or Medicare certified hospitals, provided the education/training is properly documented and is related to the profession of radiologic technology.
  • Teaching in a program described in the “Acceptable continuing education” section above, with a limit of one contact hour of credit for each hour of instruction per topic item once during the continuing education reporting period for up to a total of 6 hours.
    • No credit shall be given for teaching that is required as part of one's employment.
    • Credit may be granted in direct, indirect or non-ionizing radiation based on the topic.
  • Developing and publishing a manuscript of at least 1,000 words in length related to radiologic technology, with a limit of six contact hours of credit during a continuing education period.
    • Upon audit by the department the MRT must submit a letter from the publisher indicating acceptance of the manuscript for publication or a copy of the published work. The date of publication will determine the continuing education period for which credit will be granted.
    • Credit may be granted in direct, indirect or non-ionizing radiation based on the topic.

 

Recordkeeping

Documentation of CE courses shall be made available to the Board upon request, but should not be submitted with the registration. Random audits will be made to assure compliance.

 

Exemptions

A licensee may request in writing an exemption* for the following reasons:

  • the licensee's catastrophic illness;
  • the licensee's military service of longer than one year's duration outside the United States;
  • the licensee's residence of longer than one year's duration outside the United States; or
  • good cause shown submitted in writing by the licensee that gives satisfactory evidence to the board that the licensee is unable to comply with the requirement for continuing education.

*Exemptions are reviewed on a case by case basis.  An exemption may not exceed one registration period, but may be renewed, subject to approval.

 

NCT Continuing Education Exemption Request Form