Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0880-05-.09 - CONTINUING EDUCATION

(1) Continuing Education - Hours Required
(a) Each person certified by the Board must biennially attend and complete twenty (20) hours of radiological related continuing education in courses approved by the Board.
(b) Two (2) of the required twenty (20) biennial continuing education hours must be pertaining to appropriate statutes, rules and regulations, and other subjects that would be directly related to compliance with, and/or penalties for non-compliance with the statutes, rules and regulations. This course must include content pertaining to the A.R.R.T.'s Standards of Ethics if the certificate holder is fully certified.
(c) The Board approves courses for only the number of hours contained in the course. The approved hours of any individual course will not be counted more than once in a two (2) year period toward the required hourly total regardless of the number of times the course is attended or completed by any individual certificate holder.
(2) Continuing Education - Proof of Compliance
(a) The due date for proof of attendance and completion of the required continuing education hours each certificate holders biennial renewal due date.
(b) Each person must, on a Board provided form, check a box and/or enter signature which indicates attendance and completion of the required continuing education hours and that such hours were obtained during the preceding two (2) calendar years.
(c) Each person must retain proof of attendance and completion of all continuing education courses. This documentation must be retained for a period of four (4) years from the end of the calendar year in which the course is completed. This documentation must be produced for inspection and verification, if requested in writing by the Board during its verification process.
(3) Continuing Education - Course Approval
(a) Courses to be offered for credit toward the required continuing education hours must, unless otherwise provided, receive prior approval from the Board.
(b) Prior approval of a course may be obtained by submitting the following information to the Board Administrative Office at least thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled date of the course.
1. a course description or outline.
2. names of all lecturers.
3. brief resume of all lecturers.
4. number of hours of educational credit requested.
5. date of course.
6. copies of materials to be utilized in the course.
7. how verification of attendance is to be documented.
(c) Continuing education courses may be presented in any of the following formats:
1. Lecture.
2. Audiovisual - with successful completion of a written post experience examination to evaluate material retention.
3. Correspondence - with successful completion of a written post experience examination to evaluate material retention.
4. Any combination of the above.
(d) The following courses need not receive prior approval and shall constitute Board approved continuing education courses:
1. Courses sponsored or approved by any of the following organizations:
(i) Tennessee Society of Radiologic Technologists
(ii) Tennessee Radiological Society
(iii) Tennessee Medical Association
(iv) American Medical Association
(v) American Society of Radiologic Technologists
(vi) American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
(vii) American College of Radiology
2. Educational courses sponsored by an accredited school of medicine or radiological health. If such course is taken for or assigned quarter or semester credit hours, three (3) quarter hours or equivalent semester hours shall be equivalent to fifteen (15) continuing education hours. No credits will be counted for courses failed.
(e) Individual Board members and the Board's designee are vested with the authority to approve continuing education courses submitted in compliance with this rule. All such approvals must be presented to the full Board for ratification.
(4) Violations
(a) Any person who falsely attests to attendance and completion of the required hours of continuing education may be subject to decertification.
(b) Any person who fails to obtain the required continuing education hours may be subject to decertification.
(c) Education hours obtained as a result of compliance with the terms of an informal settlement or Board Orders in any disciplinary action shall not be counted toward the continuing education hours required to be obtained by Rule 0880-5-.09(1)(a).


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0880-05-.09
Original rule filed March 4, 1985; effective April 3, 1985. Repeal and new rule filed December 7, 1993; effective February 20, 1994. Amendment filed August 31, 2000; effective November 14, 2000. Amendment filed November 23, 2005; effective February 6, 2006. Amendment filed May 27, 2008; effective August 10, 2008.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-6-101, 63-6-224, and Public Chapter 956 of the Public Acts of 2000.

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