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CE for General MRTs

Update: Continuing Education Requirements Update for MRTs, LMRTs, and NCTs: Formal Instructor-Led CE hours Not Required Pending MRT Board review

Concerns have been raised regarding new requirements related to the number of continuing education hours that must be formal, instructor-led courses designated for Category A or A-plus credits of continuing education by an organization recognized by ARRT.  The concerns will be reviewed by the Texas Board of Medical Radiologic Technology for further consideration and a possible updates to those requirements. During that period of review, such requirements will not be enforced.  The recent numerical increases to LMRT and NCT continuing education hours required will be enforced moving forward, however the previous requirements for number of instructor lead courses will be acceptable until that review is completed.

The following requirements will remain in place:

  • As a prerequisite to the biennial registration of a certificate, a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education hours must be completed during each biennial renewal period. Please note this is not a change from prior requirements.
  • At least 3 hours of the required number of hours shall be satisfied by attendance and participation in instructor-directed activities.  This is not a change from prior rules. Again, such activities will not require designation for Category A or A-plus credit by an ARRT-recognized organization pending the Medical Radiologic Technology Board’s review and further communication regarding such instructor-led courses.
  • The remaining 21 credits for the biennial renewal period may be composed of self-study or courses not approved for formal CE by an organization recognized by ARRT, and shall be recorded in a manner that can be easily transmitted to the board upon request.  Any additional hours completed through self-study must be verifiable, through activities that include reading materials, audio materials, audiovisual materials, or a combination thereof. 
  • For content and alternative continuing education requirements, please review Title 22, Part 9, Chapter 194, §194.7(c), found at the Texas Register, at http://www.sos.texas.gov/texreg/index.shtml

 

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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, medical radiologic technologists are required to complete continuing education. Current requirements for general medial radiologic technologists are summarized below. If you would like to review the current rule, these requirements are currently listed under the Texas Administrative Code, Title 22, Part 9, Chapter 194, Subchapter A, Rule 194.7(c), adopted to be effective April 3, 2017, located here.

 

General medial radiologic technologists need to complete a minimum 24 hours of continuing education (CE) every 24 months (24 month timeline goes by the biennial registration period, not the calendar year). No more than 12 hours shall be completed through independent self-study. 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 .

 

 

General Medical Radiologic Technologist CE Requirements (Per Biennium)

24 total hours acceptable CE required per biennium

  • At least 12 (of the 24) hours CE shall be attendance and participation in instructor-directed courses that are designated for Category A or A-plus credits of CE evaluated by an organization recognized by ARRT as a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM) or RCEEM-plus during the biennial renewal period.
  • No more than 12 hours for the biennial renewal period may be composed of self-study or courses not approved for formal CE, and shall be recorded in a manner that can be easily transmitted to the board upon request.
    • Any additional hours completed through self-study must be verifiable, through activities that include reading materials, audio materials, audiovisual materials, or a combination thereof.  See “Alternative Continuing Education Accepted by the Board" below.
  • There is a maximum of 48 total excess credit hours that may be carried forward from a renewal period and applied to the CE requirements in the subsequent renewal period.
  • Those who hold temporary permits/certificates are not subject to these continuing education requirements.

 

Other Permits

An MRT who also holds a current Texas license/registration/certification in another health profession may satisfy the CE requirement for renewal of the MRT with hours counted toward renewal of the other license, registration, or certification provided the hours meet all the current requirements.

 

ARRT Registration

An MRT who holds a current and active annual registration or credential card issued by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) indicating that the MRT is in good standing and not on probation, satisfies the CE requirement for renewal of the general certificate, provided the hours required for the card were completed during the MRT's biennial renewal period and meet or exceed the current requirements.

 

Content of Continuing Education

  • 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.

 

 

Alternative Continuing Education Accepted by the Board

The additional activities for which continuing education credit will 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.

 

Recordkeeping

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 MRT 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. 

 

Continuing Education Exemption Request form – coming soon