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TITLE 25HEALTH SERVICES
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 140HEALTH PROFESSIONS REGULATION
SUBCHAPTER JMEDICAL RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS
RULE §140.508Examinations

(a) Examination eligibility.

  (1) Holders of a temporary general certificate or temporary limited certificate may take the appropriate examination provided the person complies with the requirements of the Act and this chapter.

  (2) Persons who qualify under §140.507(b), (d), (e) or (i) of this title (relating to Types of Certificates and Applicant Eligibility) are not required to be reexamined for state certification.

(b) Approved examination for the general certificate. A general certificate shall be issued upon successful completion of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) examination or the appropriate examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The three disciplines are radiography, nuclear medicine technology, and radiation therapy. Determination of the appropriate examination shall be made on the basis of the type of educational program completed by the general temporary certificate holder.

(c) Approved examination for the limited certificate. An approval letter requesting the limited certification fee shall be issued upon successful completion of the appropriate examination, as follows:

  (1) skull--the ARRT examination for the limited scope of practice in radiography (skull);

  (2) chest--the ARRT examination for the limited scope of practice in radiography (chest);

  (3) spine--the ARRT examination for the limited scope of practice in radiography (spine);

  (4) extremities--the ARRT examination for the limited scope of practice in radiography (extremities);

  (5) chiropractic--the ARRT examinations for the limited scope of practice in radiography (spine and extremities);

  (6) podiatric--the ARRT examination for the limited scope of practice in radiography (podiatry); or

  (7) cardiovascular--the Cardiovascular Credentialing International invasive registry examination.

(d) Applicants approved for the limited certification examination will be allowed three attempts to pass the examination. The three attempts must be made within a three-year period of time. When either three unsuccessful attempts have been made or three years have expired, the individual is no longer considered eligible under this section. To be eligible for an additional examination the applicant must submit documentation indicating completion of remedial activities. The fourth attempt must occur within the one-year period following the third unsuccessful attempt. Those failing the fourth attempt, or waiting longer than one year following the third unsuccessful attempt, shall only become eligible by re-entering and completing an approved limited certification program. Upon the applicant's successful completion of the examination, the department shall issue an approval letter for the limited certificate.

(e) Examination schedules. A schedule of examinations indicating the date(s), location(s), fee(s) and application procedures shall be provided by the agency or organization administering the examination(s).

(f) Standards of acceptable performance. The scaled score to determine pass or fail performance shall be 75. For the cardiovascular limited certificate, the Cardiovascular Credentialing International examinations (Cardiovascular Science Examination and/or the Invasive Registry Examination as required to obtain the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist RCIS credential) the scaled score to determine pass or fail performance shall be 70.

(g) Completion of examination application forms. Each applicant shall be responsible for completing and transmitting appropriate examination application forms and paying appropriate examination fees by the deadlines set by the department or the agency or organization administering the examinations prescribed by the department.

(h) Examination Results.

  (1) Notification to examinees. Results of an examination prescribed by the department but administered under the auspices of another agency will be communicated to the applicant by the department, unless the contract between the department and that agency provides otherwise.

  (2) Score release. The applicant is responsible for submitting a signed score release to the examining agency or organization or otherwise arranging to have examination scores forwarded to the department.

  (3) Deadlines. The department shall notify each examinee of the examination results within 14 days of the date the department receives the results.

(i) Refunds. Examination fee refunds will be in accordance with policies and procedures of the department or the agency or organization prescribed by the department to administer an examination. No refunds will be made to examination candidates who fail to appear for an examination.


Source Note: The provisions of this §140.508 adopted to be effective November 20, 2008, 33 TexReg 9250

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