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CE for NCT Registry

Senate Bill 202 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 will now be regulated by the TMB and each occupation’s respective board/advisory committee. Current rules in effect for these occupational programs will continue to be in effect until amended by TMB, as directed by S.B. 202.

 

As a prerequisite for registration, non-certified radiologic technicians are required to complete continuing education. Current requirements for non-certified radiologic technicians on the registry are summarized below. If you would like to review the current rule, these requirements are currently listed under the Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part1, Chapter 140, Subchapter J, Rule 140.511, located here.

 

Non-certified radiologic technicians (NCT) need to complete at least 6 credits 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)

6 total hours acceptable CE required per biennium

  • The continuing education activities may include verifiable independent self-study of reading materials, audio materials, audiovisual materials, programs online, attendance and participation in instructor-directed activities, or a combination thereof.

 

Content of Continuing Education

All continuing education activities should provide for the professional growth of the technologist.

  • 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 saftey, radiation biology and radiation physics;
      • anatomical positioning;
      • radiographic exposuretechnique;
      • 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.

 

Acceptable Continuing Education

Continuing education shall be acceptable if it meets the following criteria:

  • The experience or activity is at least 30 consecutive minutes in length, and
  • The experience or activity is offered for semester hour or quarter hour credit by an institution accredited by a regional accrediting organization such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is directly or indirectly related to the disciplines of radiologic technology;and

                    or

  • The experience or activity is directly or indirectly related to the disciplines of radiologic technology and is offered for continuing education credit by an institution accredited by:
    • the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT),
    • Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT),
    • Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JTCCVT), or
    • the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE);

                   or

  • The experience or activity is an educational activity which meets the following criteria:
    • the content meets the requirements set out in the “Content of CE” section above, and
    • is approved, recognized, accepted, or assigned continuing education credits by professional organizations or associations, or offered by a federal, state, or local governmental entity.

 

 

Additional activities for which continuing education credit may 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.

 

A contact hour shall be defined as 50 minutes of attendance and participation.

 

One-half contact hour shall be defined as 30 minutes of attendance and participation during a 30-minute period.

 

 

Continuing education experiences and activities may be credited as follows:

  1. Semester hour or quarter hour credits as mentioned in the “Acceptable continuing education” section above shall be credited on the basis of 15 contact hour credits for each semester hour and 10 contact hour credits for each quarter hour successfully completed with a grade of "C" or better, evidenced by an official transcript.
  2. Activities or experiences mentioned in the “Acceptable continuing education” section above shall be credited on a one-for-one basis with one contact hour credit for each contact hour of attendance and participation. Credit will be accepted only in whole hour or half-hour increments. Minutes in excess of whole or half-hour increments shall not be aggregated for additional credit.

 

For a list of activities that are unacceptable as continuing education, please review the current rule, these requirements are currently listed the Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part1, Chapter 140, Subchapter J, Rule 140.511.

 

Exemptions

The Board will consider granting an exemption from the continuing education requirement on a case-by-case basis.

 

 

Recordkeeping

An NCT is responsible for keeping, for a period of not less than two years, accurate and complete documentation or other records of continuing education that may need to be reported to the Board. 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.