|(a) The executive director of the Texas Medical Board
must authorize a qualified military spouse to practice as a respiratory
care practitioner in Texas without obtaining a certificate in accordance
with §55.0041(a), Texas Occupations Code. This authorization
to practice is valid during the time the military service member to
whom the military spouse is married is stationed at a military installation
in Texas, but is not to exceed three years.
(b) In order to receive authorization to practice the
military spouse must:
(1) hold an active respiratory care practitioner certificate
or permit in another state, territory, Canadian province, or country
(A) has licensing or certification requirements that
are determined by the advisory board to be substantially equivalent
to the requirements for certification in Texas; and
(B) is not subject to any restriction, disciplinary
order, probation, or investigation;
(2) notify the advisory board of the military spouse's
intent to practice in Texas on a form prescribed by the advisory board;
(3) submit proof of the military spouse's residency
in this state, a copy of the spouse's military identification card,
and proof of the military member's status as an active duty military
service member as defined by §437.001(1), Texas Government Code
(relating to Definitions).
(c) While authorized to practice respiratory care in
Texas, the military spouse shall comply with all other laws and regulations
applicable to the practice of respiratory care in Texas.
(d) Once the advisory board receives the form containing
notice of a military spouse's intent to practice in Texas, the advisory
board will verify whether the military spouse's certificate or permit
in another state, territory, Canadian province, or country is active
and in good standing. Additionally, the advisory board will determine
whether the licensing requirements in that jurisdiction are substantially
equivalent to the requirements for licensure in Texas.