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CE for RCPs

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, respiratory care practitioners are required to complete continuing education. Current requirements for respiratory care practitioners are summarized below. If you would like to review the current rule, these requirements are currently listed the Texas Administrative Code, Title 22, Part 9, Chapter 186, Rule 186.10, located here.

 

Respiratory care practitioners need to complete at least 24 credits/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 .

 

 

Respiratory Care Practitioner CE Requirements (Per Biennium)

 

24 total hours acceptable CE required per biennium

  • At least 12 contact hours must be in traditional courses. The remainder of contact hours may be in non-traditional courses or from passage of examinations detailed below under “Acceptable Continuing Education”
  • Those who hold temporary permits are not subject to these continuing education requirements.
  • One CE or contact hour activity is defined as 60 minutes attendance and participation in an acceptable continuing education experience.
  • No CE hours may be carried over from one renewal period to another renewal period.
  • A practitioner who also holds a current license, registration, or certification in another health care profession or a current license, registration, or certification as a respiratory care practitioner in another state, territory, or country may satisfy the CE requirements for renewal in Texas with hours counted toward renewal of another license, registration, or certification as long as the hours meet all current requirements.

 

Acceptable Continuing Education

Continuing education must be in skills relevant to the practice of respiratory care and must have a direct benefit to patients and clients and shall be acceptable if the experience falls in one or more of the following categories:

 

Traditional CE

  • Provider-directed educational activities directly related to the profession of respiratory care that require the learner and provider to interact in real time, including, but not limited to, live lectures, courses, seminars, workshops, review sessions, or distance learning activities such as webcasts, videoconferences, and audio conferences in which the learner can interact with the provider.
  • Traditional CE must be approved, recognized, accepted, or assigned CE credit by a professional organization or association (such as TSRC, NBRC or AARC) or offered by a federal, state, or local government entity.

 

Non-traditional CE

  • Self-directed study directly related to the profession of respiratory care that does not include interaction between the learner and the instructor. A test at the conclusion of the self-directed study is required.
  • Non-traditional CE must be approved, recognized, accepted, or assigned CE credit by a professional organization or association (such as TSRC, NBRC or AARC) or offered by a federal, state, or local government entity.
  • A respiratory care practitioner who teaches or instructs a CE course shall be credited one (1) contact hour in non-traditional CE for each contact hour actually taught.
    • CE credit will be given only once for teaching a particular course.

 

Passage of an official credentialing or proctored self-evaluation examination, as follows:

  • NBRC Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) credentialing or re-credentialing examination - 10 contact hours;
  • NBRC Clinical Simulation Examination (credentialing or re-credentialing) - 10 contact hours;
  • NBRC Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialist (NPS) examination - 10 contact hours;
  • NBRC Adult Critical Care Specialist (ACCS) examination - 10 contact hours;
  • NBRC Sleep Disorder Specialist (SDS) examination - 10 contact hours;
  • NBRC Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT) examination or NBRC Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT) examination - 10 contact hours
  • Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) registration examination - 10 contact hours
  • Initial course in advanced cardiac life-support (ACLS), pediatric advanced life-support (PALS), neonatal advanced life-support (NALS), basic trauma life-support, or pre-hospital trauma life-support - 8 contact hours;
  • Examinations listed above may be counted only once for credit.

 

 

Reporting of Continuing Education

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

An RCP may request in writing an exemption for the following reasons:

  • catastrophic illness;
  • military service of longer than one year's duration outside the state;
  • residence of longer than one year's duration outside the United States; or
  • good cause shown on written application of the certificate holder that gives satisfactory evidence to the board that the certificate holder is unable to comply with the requirement for continuing medical education.

 

An exemption may not exceed one registration period, but may be renewed biennially, subject to the approval of the Board.

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