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CE for RCPs

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, 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 25, Part1, Chapter 140, Subchapter E, Rule 140.210, 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.

 

Respiratory Care Practitioner CE Requirements (Per Biennium)

 

24 total hours acceptable CE required per biennium

  • Those who hold temporary permits are not subject to these continuing education requirements.
  • One CE or contact hour activity is defined as 50 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:

  1. respiratory care course work seminars, workshops, review sessions, or other organized educational programs completed at or through any respiratory care education program;
  2. participation in any program (e.g., in-service educational training programs, institutes, seminars, workshops and conferences) which is:
    1. directly related to the profession of respiratory care;
    2. instructor directed; and
    3. approved, recognized, accepted, or assigned continuing education credits by professional organizations or associations or offered by a federal, state, or local government entity.
  3. instruction or teaching in programs set out in areas (1) and (2) of this section above.
  4. up to twelve credit hours during each renewal period of self-directed study to include Internet-based or computer-based studies, journals, including a post-test, which meets the requirements described in area (2)(A) and (C) of this section above.

 

 

 

The board may credit continuing education experiences as follows:

 

  • Completion of course work at or through a respiratory care educational program as set out in the Acceptable Continuing Education section (1) above shall be credited on the basis of 15 clock hours for each semester hour successfully completed for credit or audit, evidenced by a certificate of successful completion or official transcript.
  • Parts of programs, activities, workshops, seminars, sessions, etc., which meet the criteria of Acceptable Continuing Education section (1) or (2) as listed above shall be credited on a one-for-one basis with one clock hour for each clock hour spent in the continuing education activity.
  • Teaching in programs which meet the department's criteria as set out in the Acceptable Continuing Education section (3) listed above shall be credited on the basis of two clock hours for each hour actually taught.
    • Continuing education credit will be given only once for teaching a particular course.
  • Passing the certified respiratory therapist recredentialing examination shall be credited on the basis of ten clock hours.
  • Passing the written registry examination for advanced respiratory therapy practitioners for credentialing or recredentialing shall be credited on the basis of nine clock hours.
  • Passing the registered respiratory therapist clinical simulation examination for credentialing or recredentialing shall be credited on the basis of nine clock hours.
  • Passing the National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (NBRC) pediatric specialty examination shall be credited on the basis of ten clock hours.
  • Successful completion of the initial course in advanced cardiac life-support, pediatric advanced life-support, the neonatal advanced life-support course, basic trauma life-support, or pre-hospital trauma life-support shall be credited on the basis of 12 clock hours. Recertification courses shall be credited for the number of hours actually completed during the recertification course, but shall not count for more than 12 hours.
  • Passing the certification examination for entry level pulmonary function technologists or the registry examination for advanced pulmonary function technologists for credentialing shall be credited on the basis of ten clock hours.
  • Passing the registration examination offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists shall be credited on the basis of ten clock hours.

 

 

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.

If requested by the Board, each practitioner shall submit proof of completion of the required continuing education activity, and provide appropriate documentation of the continuing education claimed as follows:

  1. for a program attended,
    1. signed certification by a program leader or instructor of the practitioner's participation in the program by certificate, or
    2. letter on letterhead of the sponsoring agency, or
    3. official continuing education validation form or
    4. official transcript of the sponsoring agency accompanied by a brochure, agenda, program, or
    5. other applicable information, indicating content of the program;
  2. for teaching or instruction in approved programs, a letter on sponsoring agency's letterhead giving name of program, location, dates, and subjects taught, and giving total clock hours of teaching or instruction;
  3. for completion of course work at or through respiratory care education programs, a certificate of successful completion or an official transcript.

 

 

Activities Unacceptable as Continuing Education

The department may not grant CE credit to any practitioner for:

  1. education incidental to the regular professional activities of a practitioner such as learning occurring from experience or research;
  2. organization activity such as serving on committees or councils or as an officer in a professional organization;
  3. any program or activity which is not approved in accordance with number (2) of the "Acceptable Continuing Education" section listed above;
  4. any experience which does not fit the types of acceptable continuing education in the "Acceptable Continuing Education" section listed above;
  5. activities which have been completed more than once during the continuing education period.

 

 

Voluntary Charity Care

A retired respiratory care practitioner who is approved by the department for renewal under voluntary charity care may complete reduced continuing education requirements equal to half of the number of continuing education hours required for renewal for a certified respiratory care practitioner.