NEW UPDATE - 11/23/15 - from the Texas Medical Board Website
With the passage of SB 202, the Texas Respiratory Care Practitioner Licensing agency moved from DSHS to the Texas Medical Board. We have received the following information:
As of October 7, 2015 the Texas Medical Board (TMB) is accepting NEW applications for Respiratory Care Practitioners. We urge you to review all the steps to applying before you start the process.
If you have a pending new application to DSHS, those applications are in the process of being transferred to TMB.
Any temporary license needing to be upgraded will file for a new license through TMB.
Due to the transition of data from DSHS to the Texas Medical Board, there will be no renewal of licenses processed from Dec. 20, 2015 through Jan 4, 2015. Any license expiring on Dec. 31, 2015 will be given a until Jan 31, 2016 to complete your registration and renewal with the Texas Medical Board.
At this time, Renewal Applications can not be registered with the Texas Medical Board, only New License Applications (people who have never had a Respiratory Care Practitioner License in Texas or have had one in the past and it has expired).
Criminal History Background checks through the Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are required for all current licensees. The Texas Medical Board will begin the process of fingerprinting existing licensees in early 2016. Notification will be sent out as to when this will begin. At this time, fingerprinting is not required for renewals until you are notified.
With the move to the Texas Medical Board comes a change in when future licenses will expire. Currently through DSHS, your license expires the last day of your birth month. Under the TMB, your license will expire on either May 31st or November 31st. This will be determined at the time you register with TMB. Your initial licensing fee will be prorated based on your new TMB expiration date. Your intial registration and renewal with the Texas Medical Board will still be the month of your current DSHS expiration date. If you recently renewed through DSHS, your registration with the Texas Medical Board will not be until your expiration date in 2017.
Please be proactive in your efforts in this transition period. Keep yourself informed by visiting the Texas Medical Board website regularly. We will update our page as we get the information.
It is with great sorrow we announce the death of Dr. Pam Bird just 2 months after the death of her husband Dr. Forrest Bird, the man who changed the face of modern medicine. Pam died in a tragic plane crash Thursday October 8, 2015. The TSRC sends it's thoughts, prayers and condolences to the Bird family, and to all those impacted by the lives of these 2 remarkable people.
The TSRC News is a quarterly publication of the TSRC designed to share information about activities and achievements in the field of respiratory care from across the state.
We have been notified by the Office of Governor Abbott applications are now being accepted for those individuals interested in sitting on the newly formed Texas Board of Respiratory Care. The Texas Board of Respiratory Care will be the advisory board to the Texas Medical Board in regards to RCP Licensure in Texas beginning in 2017. This board was formed by the passage of S.B. 202, the legislation we have been fighting for over the last year in order to continue RCP licensure in Texas. It will consist of 9 members: 4 RCPs, 2 physicians, and 3 members of the public. It is critical for the indiviuals who are appointed to this board be ready and willing to do all that is necessary to move our profession forward in the great state of Texas. The following links were provided to us by the Governor's Appointment Office
CLICK HERE to read all the specifics about the Texas Board of Respiratory Care (begins in Subchaper A-1, about 2/3 through the document)
CLICK HERE to see the process for appointment
CLICK HERE to submit your application for appointment.
If you would like additional information on the process for appointment, you can contact:
Morgan Stewart in the Governor's Appointment Office at 512-463-1828.
The previous call for nominations for the 2015-2016 Board of Directors yielded an insufficient number of nominees to conduct the election. After discussion by and pursuant to the directive of the membership from the Annual Business Meeting held July 10, 2015 at the State Convention in Houston, Texas, the call for nominations is being reopened. The Membership also directed a proposed Bylaws change to go to a two year term. As such, nominations for the following offices are still being sought.
- Vice President
- Regional Presidents to include:
- Central Region
- Northwest Region
- South Region
- Southwest Region
The intent of the proposed Bylaws change is to align the TSRC with both the AARC and the sessions of the Texas Legislature. Once fully implemented, the newly elected officers will spend their "elect" year being oriented/mentored into their role. This will help to ensure continuity in BOD transitions, which is essential for the organization.