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RULE §216.5Additional Criteria for Specific Continuing Education Programs

(a) In addition to those programs reviewed by a Board approved entity, a licensee may attend an academic course that meets the following criteria:

  (1) The course shall be within the framework of a curriculum that leads to an academic degree in nursing or any academic course directly relevant to the licensee's area of nursing practice.

  (2) Participants, upon audit by the Board, shall be able to present an official transcript indicating completion of the course with a grade of "C" or better, or a "Pass" on a Pass/Fail grading system.

(b) Program Development and Presentation. Development and presentation of a program that is approved by one of the credentialing agencies or providers approved by the Board.

  (1) Upon audit by the Board, the licensee must submit to the Board on one page: the title of the program, program objectives, brief outline of content, credentialing agency, provider number assigned to the program, dates and locations of the presentation, and number of contact hours.

  (2) Contact hours for a presentation shall equal the number of contact hours awarded by a credentialing agency or provider approved by the Board. Contact hours may be obtained by this means by the nurse(s) who developed and/or presented the qualifying program per renewal period. Only distinct activities may be used to obtain contact hours by this means for a renewal period.

(c) Authorship. A licensee may receive CE credit for development and publication of a manuscript related to nursing and health care.

  (1) Upon audit by the Board, the licensee must submit a letter from the publisher indicating acceptance of the manuscript for publication or a copy of the published work.

  (2) One contact hour per distinct publication may be obtained by this means per renewal period.

Source Note: The provisions of this §216.5 adopted to be effective August 16, 2009, 34 TexReg 5524; amended to be effective February 23, 2014, 39 TexReg 982; amended to be effective November 10, 2014, 39 TexReg 8693

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