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TITLE 16ECONOMIC REGULATION
PART 4TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION
CHAPTER 115MIDWIVES
RULE §115.13Initial Application for Licensure

(a) Initial licensure. Unless otherwise indicated, an applicant must submit all required information and documentation of credentials on official department-approved forms. An individual may apply for licensure as a midwife at any time during the year by submitting the following to the department:

  (1) a completed application on a department-approved form which shall contain:

    (A) specific information regarding personal data, social security number, birth date, other licenses held, and misdemeanor or felony convictions;

    (B) the date of the application;

    (C) a statement that the applicant has read the Act and these rules and agrees to abide by them;

    (D) a statement that the information in the application is truthful and that the applicant understands that providing false and misleading information on items which are material in determining the applicant's qualifications may result in the voiding of the application, or denial or the revocation of any license issued; and

    (E) any other information required by the department.

  (2) proof of satisfactory completion of a continuing education course covering the current Texas Midwifery Basic Information and Instructors Manual, and:

    (A) satisfactory completion of a mandatory basic midwifery education course approved by the department and the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) exam or any other comprehensive exam approved by the department;

    (B) Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification by NARM; or

    (C) satisfactory completion of a basic midwifery education course accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), and the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) exam, or any other comprehensive exam approved by the department.

  (3) proof of current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification for health care providers by the American Heart Association; equivalent certification for the professional rescuer from the Red Cross; equivalent certification for healthcare and professional rescuer from the National Safety Council; or equivalent certification issued by any provider of CPR certification for health care providers currently accepted by the Department of State Health Service's Office of EMS/Trauma Systems Coordination;

  (4) proof of current certification for neonatal resuscitation, §§1 - 4, from the American Academy of Pediatrics;

  (5) proof of satisfactory completion of training in the collection of newborn screening specimens or an established relationship with another qualified and appropriately credentialed health care provider who has agreed to collect newborn screening specimens on behalf of the applicant;

  (6) a nonrefundable fee required under §115.80; and

  (7) proof of passing the jurisprudence examination approved by the department. The jurisprudence examination must have been taken no more than one year prior to the date of application.

(b) Initial licensure after interim of more than four years. A midwife seeking initial licensure who has not become licensed within four years of completing a basic midwifery education course approved by the department or accredited by MEAC shall in addition provide proof of having completed at least 40 contact hours of approved midwifery continuing education within the year preceding the application, which shall be based upon a review of:

  (1) the current Texas Midwifery Basic Information and Instructors Manual; and

  (2) the current Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Core Competencies and Standards of Practice.

(c) The applicant must successfully pass a criminal history background check.

(d) Pursuant to Texas Occupations Code, Chapters 51 and 203, the commission or the executive director may deny the application for violation of the Act.

(e) If after review the department determines that the application should not be approved, the department shall give the applicant written notice of the reason for the proposed decision and of the opportunity for a hearing under Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001.


Source Note: The provisions of this §115.13 adopted to be effective October 1, 2016, 41 TexReg 4477

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