The great state of Texas has it’s own unique licensing and continuing education requirements for radiologic technologists, and the rules are fairly complicated so please read this if you have any doubts about what you need. Texas requirements are not the same as the ARRT*, but if you also have an ARRT* license, you’ll want to try and get courses that will meet both requirements simultaneously and kill two birds with one stone.
To make it interesting, Texas has many types of certification to take x-rays, and your CE requirements will vary depending on which license you have. It’s ok to get more then you need, but hopefully this article can save you time and money by helping you get the right credits.
The Texas Medical Board. recently reviewed concerns regarding new continuing education requirements for MRTs, LMRTs and NCTs in the Texas Administrative Code, and a new rule update was adopted and became effective on September 16, 2018. They have updated their website so most information is online now.
One important change in this regulation for MRTs, LMRTs, and NCTs: In-person, instructor-led courses are NOT required at this time.
House Bill 2059 (86th Legislature) requires any licensee of the TMB who provide direct patient care to complete a human trafficking prevention course. This requirement applies to the renewal of a license on or after September 1, 2020.
CE4RT does not offer such a course at this time. However you can find some online, including free ones here.
At first glance, the regulations appear to be very complex. But the easy solution is to have all of your necessary credits in Category A, technical category. Which everything on this website will qualify for with the exception of the Ethics course.
As mentioned, there are 3 levels of certification for technologists.
This is not including practitioners (MD, DO, DC, DPM, RN, PA). These practitioners’ requirements are not the same as a professional radiologic technologist and will get CE credits through their own governing bodies.
As of September 16, 2018, in-person, instructor-led courses are NOT required at this time for MRTs, LMRTs, and NCTs. as per the TMB website at http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/resources-ce-for-GMRTHowever, please be advised that the TMB has been changing regulations faster than we have been able to keep up and update this website, so please verify with them what the current requirements are if you have any doubts.
Texas makes a distinction between “directly related” subjects and “indirectly related” subjects, and you will need at least half or more of your credits to be of “directly related” subjects. All of our courses, with the exception of our Ethics course, are directly related. Directly related basically means related to exposing human patients to radiation and clinical diagnostic radiography. They do allow for up to half the credits to be on other subjects that they still consider “indirectly related”, these are not particularly in the realm of radiation. See §140.511 for more information on this.
If you are a General MRT, chances are you are also licensed through ARRT. Either way, our “directly related” 24 credit course “Radiography of the Upper Extremities” should be a convenient and interesting option for you. If you are licensed with ARRT, you can send this in and be done with ARRT* as long as you do not have CQR.
If you are an MCT performing mammography, you are probably also licensed with ARRT and subject to MQSA regulations. Although the state itself does not have specific requirements for mammographers, the ARRT requires that each mammographer must earn 10 of the 24 Approved CE credits in mammography. Also the MQSA requires 15 credits every 3 years. We have designed courses guaranteed to meet the needs of Mammographers. See our mammography courses and get your credits today.
The state of TX now requires 18 credits every 2 years for LMRTs. If you have no other registries to worry about then that’s all you need. You can take the same course year after year, but the subject matter must be “directly related” for at least half your units. It doesn’t matter which specialties you have under this certification, the requirements do not change. The “directly related” course “PACS and Digital Radiography” will work for you.
The state of TX now requires 12 credits every 2 years for NCTs. At least 6 of the credits need to be “directly related” (see above). With the exception of our Ethics course, all of our courses are “directly related” so feel free to choose whatever combination fills your needs. The course “Understanding Ionizing Radiation” will fit your requirement.
For more information contact the Texas Medical Board.
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