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Non-Certified Radiologic Technician

In order to perform radiologic procedures in Texas, Non-Certified Radiologic Technicians (NCTs) are required to be listed on the NCT Registry and obtain a secondary permit to work under the supervision of a licensed Texas physician, chiropractor, or podiatrist.

  • The application process for the Registry verifies that the NCT has met the mandatory training and background check requirements.
  • The application process for a permit through the TMB verifies that the NCT is being supervised by a licensed Texas physician. To apply for a permit to be supervised by a chiropractor or podiatrist, please contact the appropriate licensing agency.

 

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 are now regulated by the TMB and each occupation’s respective board/advisory committee.

 

Please note that the Non-Certified Radiologic Technician Registry is part of this transition.

  • 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 are now regulated by the TMB and each occupation’s respective board/advisory committee.

     

    As of October 27th, 2015 the TMB is accepting NEW applications for Non-Certified Radiologic Technologist (NCTs) who wish to be on the NCT Registry. During this transition process, please check our website regularly for updates.

     

    If you had a pending NCT Registry application with the DSHS, those applications have been 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 are currently on the NCT Registry and you need to renew, this process is available in the Renewals section of our website here.

     

    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 - NCT Registry Application

     

    Once you have submitted your online application and fee, 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.
    • Verification of Program Completion –Please have your educational program send one of the following directly to the Board. Document must confirm hours/area of study completed:
      • Copy of completion certificate
      • Certified transcript
      • Official verification letter
    • 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

    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

    Registry Application Fee: The current fee for a Non-Certified Radiologic Technologist Registryapplication in Texas is $60.00. 

    The registry application fee includes a $10 Office of Patient Protection fee. This fee is required by statute. The remaining $50 is the fee required by the TMB.

     

    NCT - Registry

         
     

    Online application

    Application Type

    Agency Fee

    OPP

    Total charged

    Non-Certified Radiologic TechnologistApplication – Application Fee

    $                   50.00

    $       10.00

    $               60.00

     

     

    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: $60.00 – Application fee due
          $62.06 – Total amount charged on Credit Card

    Ex: $60.00 – Application fee due
          $60.25 – Total amount charged through electronic check

     

    Any person performing radiologic procedures under the supervision of a licensed Texas physician must be registered with the Texas Medical Board as required under Chapter 194 of the Board Rules. The physician must also be registered with the board to supervise the non-certified technician.

     

    A non-certified technician (NCT) must be:

    • Be 18 years of age or older,
    • be listed on the registry and meet one of the following qualifications:
      • completion of a mandatory training program, or
      • if licensed as a physician assistant in the State of Texas, completion of a mandatory training program or have met the alternate training requirements,

    or if the NCT is not listed on the registry, the NCT may:

    • perform radiologic procedures for a physician to whom a hardship exemption was granted by the within the previous year.

     

     

    Applications

    NCT Application Online
    Applicants for Non-Certified Radiologic Technician Permits may now apply on-line. Applicants must either be on the NCT registry with the Department of State Health Services or your employer must have a hardship exemption from the Department of State Health Services. Once you have applied, please provide a copy of your driver’s license or passport for verification of your name and date of birth.

     

    NCT Supervision Form

     

    Current NCT Permit holders

    NCT Permits must be renewed annually between April 1 and June 30; submitting a new application may result in additional processing delays, including a potential $25 late fee if renewal is not received prior to June 30. Please visit the Renewals tab at the top of the page and select “Non-certified Rad Tech - Permit.” From there, scroll down and select "NCT Online Registration".  

     

    How do I apply for a Non-Certified Radiologic Technician permit?

    Applications are submitted online.  The NCT registry or hard ship exemption must be completed before a permit can be issued from the TMB.

    What is the NCT application fee?

    The fee to apply for an NCT permit is $130.50. There is no fee for the application for supervision.  The fee for the NCT Registry is separate.

    Can I apply for a permit before I have a job?

    Yes. You can apply for your non-certified radiologic technician permit before you have a job, as long as you are listed on the NCT Registry. However, you must have a supervising physician on file before performing radiologic procedures.

    I am not a certified medical radiologic technologist. Do I have to have a permit from the Texas Medical Board to perform radiologic procedures?

    Yes. Except in very limited circumstances, as a non-certified radiologic technician, you are required to have a permit from the TMB in order to perform radiologic procedures. You must have a supervising physician on file before performing these procedures. Complete board rules can be found in Chapter 194 on our web site.

    What is the TMB? How about TDSHS?

    TMB is the abbreviation for the Texas Medical Board. TDSHS is the abbreviation for the Texas Department of State Health Services.

     

    Senate Bill 202, effective 9/1/2015, transferred four occupational regulatory programs from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Medical Board (TMB). This transfer included the Non-Certified Radiologic Technician (NCTs) Registry.

    How does the doctor register as a supervising physician?

    The form for application for supervision is located on our website at: http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/renewal-nc-radiological-technicians . You can also email registrations@tmb.state.ts.us to request an application. A separate form must be completed for each non-certified radiologic technician supervised.

    Can fees be refunded?

    Refunds of application/registration fees are available in very limited circumstances. These fees may be refunded in cases of administrative error by the TMB; applicants who withdraw their applications within 45 days of initial application, licensees who retire or request cancellation within 90 days of paying the fee, or on behalf of applicants/licensees who die within 90 days of paying the fee. A pro-rated refund may be requested for good cause by a spouse or personal representative of an applicant/licensee who has died more than 90 days after paying the application/registration fee. Refund circumstances are addressed in Board rule 175.5(c).

    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.

    Please note – applicants for initial licensure should not submit fingerprints for review until after they have submitted the online application.

    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.