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Application Process Overview

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.

 

If you need to verify your existing active permit, you can do so on our website HERE.

 

If you have an active permit that was issued by DSHS, or if you have a permit that was issued by DSHS that has been expired for less than one year, you do not need to apply for a new one through the TMB.

 Please note – this does not apply to temp permits – to move from a temp permit to a full, you will need to submit a new application.

 

 

Your information has been transferred, and you can find information regarding the Registration/Renewal process at HERE.

 

As of October 7th, 2015 the TMB is accepting NEW applications for the Limited Medical Radiologic Technologists. During this transition process, please check our website regularly for updates.

 

  • If you have a pending application with the DSHS, those applications are in the process of being transferred to the TMB. Your new TMB licensure analyst will contact you by email regarding the status of your application once they have had an opportunity to review the existing information.
  • If you have an existing license or permit that was issued through the DSHS and need to request an upgrade, you will need to submit a new application, using the online system below.

 

Extension for certain temporary permits

All extensions for temporary permits that will be granted due to the SB 202 transition have been granted, and are available for verification online.  No further extensions are being contemplated at this time.

Online profiles for those temporary license holders that had expiration dates extended have been updated to reflect their new expiration date, and written verification of temporary licenses can be requested by e-mailing the Board’s registration department Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us.

 

The Licensure Department of the Texas Medical Board is committed to furthering the mission of the Board by ensuring quality healthcare for the citizens of Texas by upholding the standards set in statute and Board Rule, and by efficiently processing licensure applications.

 

Before You Apply

Please note that Texas has a two-step application process – pre-licensure and licensure. During pre-licensure, the applicant’s documents are collected and the applicant will be updated as to which documents have been received and are missing through regular mail or e-mail, if an address has been provided. Only after the initial documents have been received will your application be forwarded to the licensure step for processing. During licensure, a licensure analyst will review and verify all the information contained in the application and the supporting documentation. Additional information will be requested based on the review of your application and documentation.

 

Apply Online – Medical Radiologic Technologists

Once you have submitted your application online, you will be contacted regarding supplemental documentation requirements. Depending on your answers, some of the questions on the application will require you to download a supplemental form and submit it. Some of the forms must be sent to a third party, such as your liability carrier. Applicants must also submit their fingerprints for state and national criminal history background checks.

Your application will not be processed until the following documents have been received:

  • Fingerprints - licensure applicants are required to submit their fingerprints for state and national criminal history background checks. Results of the fingerprinting will be sent directly to TMB both from the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Records and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • National Practitioner Data Bank/Health Integrity Data Bank Self-Query Response - Contact the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB)/Healthcare Integrity and Protection Databank (HIPDB) at http://www.npdb-hipdb.hrsa.gov and perform a self-query. Send either of the following to the TMB: (a) a copy of the paper self-query response mailed to you by HIPDB/NPDB; or, (b) a print out of the electronic version of the self-query response.
  • Certified Transcript from Program – Official copy of transcript sent by mail or fax from the program directly to TMB. ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  • Proof of Identify - Copy of birth certificate or passport.

Individual application processing time will vary based on the complexity of the application. The processing time clock begins when the applicant has submitted all initial documents and has moved to the second step. Factors that increase the processing time are answering “yes” to any of the Professionalism questions on the application.


Communication with the Board

Applications are submitted online, but additional information and supplemental forms may be submitted using the US Postal Service or a private overnight delivery service. Board staff will communicate with applicants by e-mail, if an address is provided, or by letter using the US Postal Service.

  • Application and Application-Related Fees

    Application Fee: The current fee for a Medical Radiologic Technologist application in Texas is $80.00. The entire fee must be submitted before your application can be assigned and processed.

    The application fee includes a $5 Office of Patient Protection fee. This fee is required by statute. The remaining $75 is the fee required by the TMB.

     

     

    Online application

    Application Type

    Agency Fee

    OPP

    Total charged

    Medical Radiologic Technologist Combined Application & Certification Fee

    $ 75.00

    $ 5.00

    $ 80.00

    Medical Radiologic Technologist Temporary Certification Fee

    $ 25.00

    $ 5.00

    $ 30.00

    Medical Radiologic Technologist Combined Limited Application & Certification Fee

    $ 75.00

    $ 5.00

    $ 80.00

    Medical Radiologic Technologist Temporary Limited Certification Fee

    $ 25.00

    $ 5.00

    $ 30.00

     

    Online Fees:

    No financial information is seen, processed, or stored by the Texas Medical Board.

    The payment portion of the online application system is handled by Texas.gov, the official website of Texas. The price of this service includes funds that support the ongoing operations and enhancements of Texas.gov, which is provided by a third party in partnership with the State. Texas.gov will remit the amount paid to the Texas Medical Board on your behalf.

    Please note that as of 9/1/2015 Texas.gov will charge a different amount depending on the type of online payment service used.

    Ex: $80.00 – Application fee due
          $82.06 – Total amount charged on Credit Card

    Ex: $80.00 – Application fee due
          $81.00 – Total amount charged through electronic check

    Physician, Physician Assistant and several other licensure applicants are required to submit their fingerprints for state and national criminal history background checks.  Fingerprinting services are provided by MorphoTrust USA for a fee (see "Current fees" below), payable directly to MorphoTrust USA.  Results of the fingerprinting will be sent directly to TMB both from the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Records and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Live Scan Fingerprinting – Only Available in Texas

    If you are in Texas, or reside out of state but can schedule a time to be in Texas, you may make an appointment for a live scan (a process that captures fingerprints without the use of ink), at locations throughout the state of Texas.

     

    1. Schedule an appointment to be electronically fingerprinted by MorphoTrust USA at one of their IdentoGo enrollment centers.

    • Internet based scheduling is the quickest and most convenient way to obtain a fingerprint appointment.
      1. You may begin the process now by simply clicking on this link: https://uenroll.identogo.com/servicecode/11G62J and then;
      2. click “Schedule or Manage Appointment”;
      3. complete all required fields on the following page;
      4. Enter your Board issued 6 digit ID#* with “MB-“ in front – example: MB-777777 
      5. Once you have scheduled your appointment, you are not required to bring the form to your visit.
    • If you prefer to schedule over the telephone, you must:
      1. First have the TX Fingerprint Service Code form (Fingerprint Service Code form);
      2. Then call 888.467.2080;
      3. Please have the TX Fingerprint Service Code form before you call –MorhphoTrust will prompt you for the Service Code (11G62J) on the form;
      4. Once you have scheduled your appointment, you are not required to bring the form to your visit.

    2. Arrive at your scheduled appointment with your photo identification and fee

    • If you plan on bringing a form of identification other than a valid (unexpired) TX Driver License, please refer to the Department of Public Safety’s acceptable document types here: http://www.l1enrollment.com/state/forms/tx/55fc619a7f7aa.doc
    • MorphoTrust accepts Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express, business checks, money orders and coupon codes (employer accounts) at the time of service.
    • Please note that personal checks and cash are not accepted.

    3. Your fingerprints will be submitted electronically to DPS and the FBI. You will not receive a printed fingerprint card.

    4. At the conclusion of your appointment, the MorphoTrust enrollment agent will provide you with an IdentoGo receipt stating that you were fingerprinted.

    Fingerprints provided for this application shall be used to check criminal history records of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in accordance with applicable statutes.

    Please note: If you choose to schedule fingerprinting online, please ensure that you use the TMB service code as, by law, we cannot use fingerprint results that were sent to another agency. If you have accidentally selected another agency, prior to your appointment you will need to visit www.identigo.com, select the state where you would like to schedule your fingerprinting session, Online Scheduling, Begin Registration, and then select “I have an existing appointment I would like to change.”

     

    Hard-Copy Fingerprinting – For Use Outside of Texas

    If you reside outside of Texas and cannot schedule an appointment in Texas for a Live Scan, you must be fingerprinted in ink on a card (only cards provided by the Texas Medical Board are acceptable) at a local law enforcement agency, and must then submit the card directly to MorphoTrust USA to be digitally scanned and processed.

     

    1. Request a fingerprint card by contacting the Texas Medical Board at Screen-CIC@tmb.state.tx.us if you are an applicant, or at Registrations@tmb.state.tx.us if you are a licensee.

    2. Pre-enroll with MorphoTrust USA to submit fingerprint cards.

    • Internet based pre-enrollment is the quickest and most convenient way to submit fingerprint cards.
      1. You may begin the process now by simply clicking on this link: https://uenroll.identogo.com/servicecode/11G62J and then;
      2. Click “Submit a Fingerprint Card by Mail”;
      3. complete all required fields on the following page;
      4. Enter your Board issued 6 digit ID#* with “MB-“ in front – example: MB-777777
      5. complete all required fields on the following pages.
      6. On the next screen, click the “Pay for Ink Card Submission” button and complete all required fields on the following page;
      7. Complete payment screen;
      8. Print the confirmation document containing a bar code and complete by signing the waiver and filling in contact information;
      9. Once you have obtained your fingerprint cards, follow mail-in directions on the confirmation document.
    • If you prefer to pre-enroll over the telephone, you must:
      1. First have the TX Fingerprint Service Code form (Fingerprint Service Code form );
      2. Then call 888.467.2080
      3. Please have the TX Fingerprint Service Code form before you call –MorhphoTrust will prompt you for the Service Code (11G62J) on the form;
      4. Inform the MorhpoTrust representative that you wish to pre-enroll for a “hard card submission”;
      5. Once payment is complete a summary confirmation document will be emailed to you;
      6. Print the confirmation document and complete by signing the waiver and filling in contact information;
      7. Once you have obtained your fingerprint cards, follow mail-in directions on the confirmation page.

    3. Obtain a copy of your fingerprints by a criminal law enforcement agency on an original FBI APPLICANT fingerprint card. ALL requested information must be provided on the fingerprint card and you and the official taking the fingerprints must sign the card. ONLY CARDS PROVIDED BY THE TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD ARE ACCEPTABLE.

    4. All fingerprints MUST be captured by a law enforcement agency.

    5. Once you have obtained your fingerprint cards, follow the mail-in directions found on the MorphoTrust Pre-Enrollment Confirmation Page that you previously printed and completed.

    6. Wait for a receipt from MorphoTrust USA.

    Fingerprints provided for this application shall be used to check criminal history records of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in accordance with applicable statutes.

     

     

    Fingerprinting – Current fees

    As of 10/01/2016 the fee for fingerprinting is $38.50.  This fee includes the fingerprint vendor processing fee, DPS processing fee and FBI processing fee.

     

    * What is a Board issued 6-digit ID#?
    This number, assigned to you at the time you submitted your application for licensure, for physicians can be found online through LIST (Licensure Inquiry System of Texas) or for all other applicants through contacting the Texas Medical Board Consumer and Application Resources (CAR) Department at (512) 305-7030 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time.

    Exam Request

     

    Before a person can be scheduled for the limited exam, the Texas Medical Board must receive an application to take the Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography Examination.

     

    LMRT – Limited Scope of Practice exam request

     

    Send a completed exam request by mail or fax using the information provided on the form. You may also submit the form to registrations@tmb.state.tx.us for processing.  There is no fee for this application at this time. You will be notified in writing once your application is received and approved.

     

    Note – Under the new TMB rule 194.6 (available for review here), exams must be passed within 1 year of the issuance of your Temporary LMRT permit.  In addition, if you do not pass a section of the exam within 3 attempts, or before your temporary permit expires, you will need to submit documentation indicating that you have successfully completed 60 hours of remedial activity for a 4th attempt to be approved. The additional attempt must be made no later than one year from the date of the board's approval. Those failing to attempt or pass the examination within the additional one-year period allowed shall only be eligible for additional examination attempts by again successfully completing an approved program.

     

    Examinations are administered for the TMB by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT). Once the status of your exam eligibility has been forwarded to ARRT, you will have 1 year to submit your payment to take the exam. Once you have submitted your payment to ARRT, they will send you a Candidate Status Report that will include a 90 day examination window.

    All examinations consist of a CORE exam of 100 questions and 20-25 questions on each category selected. All candidates will take the CORE exam of the examination and one or more of the subsections listed under SPECIFIC RADIOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES. This will depend on the categories listed on your temporary limited certificate.

    Please note that the Core module consists of 100 questions plus an additional 15 unscored questions. The unscored questions are called ‘pilots’ and the ARRT use these as test questions for future exams. They are not scored and they are not identified in the exam as pilot questions. In addition, each module has five additional unscored pilot questions.

     

    These are the sections you will be tested on:

     

    CORE EXAM* 

    NUMBER OF QUESTIONS

    Radiation Protection      

    Equipment Operation & Quality Control

    Image Acquisition & Evaluation

    Patient Care & Education

    37

    11

    35

    17

    *All sections of the exam must be passed at 75% in order to pass the CORE exam.

     

     

    SPECIFIC RADIOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES

     

     

    Chest

    Extremities**   

    Skull/Sinuses    

    Spine**

    Podiatric Radiography   

    20

    25

    20

    25

    20

    **Together, these two exams are the chiropractic category exam.

     

     

    The number of questions in each section is subject to change.   

    At this time the passing score for all categories is 75%.

     

    If you have not been issued a full limited certificate by the time your temporary limited certificate expires, you must cease performing radiologic procedures when your temporary certificate expires, or meet the qualifications to be exempt from certification.

    After you have been scheduled for an exam, you will be sent information by the test contractor concerning the time and place to report for the exam.

    The examinations are given in English. Persons who may have difficulty understanding instructions and technical information should take note of this. Translators or dictionaries will not be permitted at an examination.

     

    Exam Results

     

    After you have taken the exam, your results will be reported to the TMB within 2 weeks. The TMB will forward those results to your address of record along with instructions for moving forward.