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RULE §140.13Minimum Continuing Education Requirements

(a) Completion of continuing education (CE) requirements with current certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) or its successor agency. Completion of continuing education requirements shall be documented by demonstrating current certification by the ABCP annual license renewal.

(b) Completion of CE requirements without current certification by the ABCP. Licensed perfusionists without current certification by the ABCP at the time of license renewal must meet the following criteria.

  (1) Document a minimum of 45 continuing education credit (CEUs) in a three-year period by submitting the professional activity report on the approved form every third year. A minimum of 15 hours of CEU must be earned in Category I. The activity period covered in the professional activity report is from the date of licensure to the third licensure renewal date and every subsequent third license renewal date.

  (2) Document a minimum of 40 clinical perfusions in a one-year period by submitting the clinical activity report on the approved form upon annual license renewal. The first clinical activity report from a newly licensed perfusionist is due on the second license renewal date.

  (3) One CEU or contact hour activity is defined as 50 minutes spent in an organized, structured or unstructured learning experience. Categories of CEU activities are:

    (A) Category I--Perfusion Meetings and Other Perfusion Related Activity--Perfusion meetings are those programs and seminars in which a minimum of 75% of the contact hours consist of perfusion related material. Only those meetings approved by the ABCP will qualify for Category 1 hours. Examples:

      (i) International, national regional, and state perfusion meetings.

      (ii) Publication of perfusion related book chapter or paper in a professional journal.

      (iii) Presentation at an international, national, regional or state perfusion journal.

    (B) Category II--Non-Accredited Perfusion Meetings and Other Medical Meetings--This category includes international, national, regional, and state meetings that have not been approved by the ABCP, local perfusion meetings and all other medically related meetings. Examples:

      (i) International, National, Regional, and State, perfusion meetings that have not been accredited by the ABCP.

      (ii) Local perfusion meetings (do not require ABCP accreditation). Any perfusion meeting NOT EQUALLY ACCESSIBLE to the general CCP community, this includes manufacturer-specific and company-sponsored educational activities.

      (iii) International, National, Regional, or Local medically-related meetings.

    (C) Category III--Individual Education and Other Self-Study Activities Credit in this category is acquired on an hour for hour basis of the time spent in these non-accredited or non-supervised activities. Examples:

      (i) Reading or viewing medical journals, audio-visual, or other educational material.

      (ii) Participation in electronic forums.

      (iii) Participation in a Journal Club.

      (iv) Participation in degree-oriented, professional-related course work.

      (v) Presentation of perfusion topic at a non-perfusion meeting.

    (D) A minimum of 40 clinical perfusions per year are required of every licensed perfusionist. A maximum of 15 activities may be documented as intraoperative pump standbys.

    (E) 40 cases are required each year as the Primary Perfusionist for Cardiopulmonary bypass, ECMO, VAD, Isolated Limb Perfusion, or VENO-VENO bypass, or documented intraoperative pump standby. For each ECMO or VAD case, one case credit will be awarded for initiating and/or managing an eight-hour shift.

  (4) Documentation of activities. Licensed perfusionists are responsible for providing documentation of their professional activities. This documentation must be submitted along with the professional activity report. Credit will not be granted for activities that are not documented. The suitable documentation is outlined as follows:

    (A) Category I--Perfusion meetings--Approved perfusion meetings held before June 30, 1998, may be documented by copies of registration receipts or official meeting name tags. For approved perfusion meetings held after June 30, 1998, an official document from the meeting sponsor documenting attendance and the number of hours received must be provided.

      (i) Perfusion Publications must have complete reference of book or article (authors, title, journal and date/volume of journal.

      (ii) Perfusion Presentations must have copy of program agenda.

    (B) Category II--International, national, regional, and state perfusion meetings not accredited by the ABCP, local perfusion meetings and all other medical meetings--must provide an official document stating CEUs awarded and copy of the meeting program.

    (C) Category III--All self-study activities will require an official record of completion or written summary of the activity.

(c) Exceptions. Any deviation from the continuing education requirements will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the department. A request for special consideration shall be submitted in writing a minimum of 60 days prior to expiration of the license.

(d) Licensees who are approved by the department for renewal in accordance with §140.12(f) of this title (relating to Retired Perfusionists Performing Voluntary Charity Care) may complete reduced continuing education requirements equal to two-thirds of the number of continuing education hours required for renewal for a licensed perfusionist.

Source Note: The provisions of this §140.13 adopted to be effective June 10, 2001, 26 TexReg 3932; amended to be effective September 12, 2004, 29 TexReg 8526; transferred effective September 1, 2005, as published in the Texas Register August 26, 2005, 30 TexReg 5007; amended to be effective June 29, 2006, 31 TexReg 5126

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