On Aug. 13, a subcommittee of the Texas Legislature’s Sunset Advisory Commission voted to move the state’s Medical Radiologic Technologists licensure program from the Department of State Health Services to the Texas Medical Board, effectively preserving R.T. licensure in Texas.
The commission originally recommended eliminating licensure for radiologic technologists and medical physicists in its 2014 Sunset Staff Report. However, the Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists, in conjunction with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and several other radiologic science organizations, spearheaded a successful grass-roots campaign to educate commission members about the importance of maintaining licensure standards in the state.
In addition to moving the licensure program under the umbrella of the Texas Medical Board, the state will create the Texas Board of Medical Radiologic Technology. The new board will consist of nine members appointed by the governor and will serve as an advisory board to the Texas Medical Board. The radiologic technology board will develop the rules and regulations for the licensure program, and the medical board will give final approval. The subcommittee made a similar recommendation for the medical physicists’ licensure program.
Members of the Texas Legislature will draft legislation to incorporate changes to the MRT licensure program into Texas state statute. The legislature will consider the changes during the 2015 legislative session, which convenes on Jan. 13.