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RULE §157.40Paramedic Licensure

    (B) Option 2--complete a department approved recertification course, and pass the national registry assessment exam.

  (2) A licensee who has held an inactive paramedic license more than four years may return to active licensure only by completing requirements described in subsection (a)(2) of this section or §157.33(j) of this title.

(h) Reciprocity. A person currently certified by the National Registry and/or certified or licensed as a paramedic in another state, who meets all the requirements of subsection (a)(1), (2)(B), (D), (E) and (G) of this section may apply for paramedic licensure by submitting an application along with a nonrefundable fee of $120 and meeting the requirements set forth in §157.33(i) of this title.

  (1) After the department evaluates the application and verifies that the requirements for reciprocity have been met, the candidate will be licensed in Texas for four years from the issuance date of the paramedic license.

  (2) Prior to the expiration of the reciprocity license, the certificant shall reapply and renew the license according to the requirements of subsection (b) of this section.

(i) Equivalency. Candidates meeting the following criteria may apply for a paramedic license upon successful completion of the equivalency process as described in subsection (a)(1), (2)(B), (D), (E) and (G) of this section and §157.33(j) of this title:

  (1) an individual who completed EMS training outside the United States or its possessions;

  (2) an individual who is certified or licensed in another healthcare discipline;

  (3) an individual whose department issued EMS certification or license has been expired for more than one year; or

  (4) an individual who has held department issued inactive certification or license for more than four years.

(j) Conversion from inactive paramedic certification to inactive paramedic licensure. A certified paramedic currently holding inactive certification who meets all other criteria as defined in subsection (a)(1) of this section may apply for inactive licensure.

  (1) The inactive certificant shall:

    (A) submit an application for inactive licensure to the department along with a nonrefundable fee of $120; and

    (B) submit evidence of the issuance of a degree from an accredited college or university as defined in subsection (a)(1) of this section.

  (2) After verification by the department of the information submitted, an inactive paramedic license will be issued for four years beginning on the day of issuance.

(k) For all applications and renewal applications, the department is authorized to collect subscription and convenience fees, in amounts determined by the Texas Online Authority, to recover costs associated with application and renewal application processing through Texas Online.

Source Note: The provisions of this §157.40 adopted to be effective August 31, 2006, 31 TexReg 6739

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