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Texas Bills Could Create RA Licensure

Mar 10, 2017

The Texas Legislature is considering bills to continue the functions of the Texas Medical Board and enact licensure for radiologist assistants. The Texas Medical Board is the agency that oversees licensure for medical radiologic technologists based on recommendations from the Texas Board of Medical Radiologic Technology. 

House Bill 3040 and Senate Bill 315 will reauthorize the functions of the Texas Medical Board and require the board to issue a radiologist assistant certificate to a radiologic technologist who is certified by the ARRT as a registered radiologist assistant or by the Certification Board for Radiology Practitioner Assistants as a radiology practitioner assistant. RAs in Texas will be able to perform radiologic procedures under the supervision of a radiologist. In keeping with their practice standards, they will not interpret images, make diagnoses or prescribe medications or therapies. If H.B. 3040 or S.B. 315 are enacted, Texas will become the 32nd state to license advanced practice radiologist assistants.

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