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Continuing Education Requirements
RCCE Collection Requirements:
Beginning July 1, 2008, the Board will require 20 contact hours of Respiratory Care Continuing Education (RCCE) every renewal cycle (ending on June 30, of every even year) for licensed respiratory care professionals and 10 contact hours annually for experienced based (L2) limited permit holders. RCCE contact hours shall be obtained during the term of collection set forth in division (C) of rule 4761-9-02 of the Ohio Administrative Code. RCCE contact hours shall be earned prior to the expiration date for the renewal period. RCCE contact hours earned during the term of collection in excess of required contact hours cannot be applied towards a subsequent renewal period, unless the RCCE contact hours are earned after the filing date of a completed renewal application that is filed prior to the end of the renewal.
RCCE earned for license and limited permit renewal must include the following content requirement:
(1) One contact hour of RCCE on Ohio Respiratory Care law or professional ethics as set forth in rule 4761-9-04 of the Administrative Code; and
(2) At least fifteen (15) contact hours or seven (7) for L2 limited permit holders, must include content relating to the provision of clinical respiratory care as defined under section 4761.01 of the Revised Code; and
(3) The remaining four (4) contact hours or three for L2 limited permit holders, may include indirectly related content, including, but not limited to, activities relevant to specialized aspects of respiratory care, such as education, supervision, management, health care cost containment, cost management, health quality standards, disease prevention, health promotion, or abuse reporting.
Approved sources of RCCE contact hours are listed in rule 4761-9-05 of the Ohio Administrative Code. A full copy of the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code regulating the practice of respiratory care may be obtained by visiting the Board’s website at www.respiratorycare.ohio.gov. In lieu of completing RCCE contact hours required under divisions (C)(1)(b), (C)(1)(c), (C)(2)(b) and (C)(2)(c) of rule 4761-9-02. applicants may submit proof of successfully passing any written professional examination listed in rule 4761-9-02 D). Examinations and advanced life support programs will no longer meet the full requirements
for continuing education.The Board will be offering one (1) contact hour of FREE online continuing education to meet the Ohio respiratory care law requirement. The Board expects to have the program functional in early July, 2008. Details may be found be vistitng the Board’s website: www.respiratorycare.ohio.gov .
Student and graduate limited permit holders have no RCCE requirements.
It shall be the responsibility of the licensee to maintain and keep all records to serve as documentation for any audit which may be conducted in accordance with rule 4761-9-07 of the Administrative Code pertaining to the completion of RCCE requirements; including, but not limited to certificates of completion, transcripts, letters of attendance, or attendance registers.
Records shall be maintained for a period of four years or two renewal periods for the holders of a license issued under section 4761.04 of the Revised Code and for a period of three years or three renewal periods for the holders of a limited permit issued under division (B)(1)(b) of section 4761.05 of the Revised Code. Legible copies shall be sent to the board only in response to an audit.
Reporting RCCE on renewal applications requires minimal information. Unfortunately this is where the Board finds the greatest number of errors and applicant confusion. The Renewal form asks for the title of the RCCE program, the date of completion, the number of contact hours and the accrediting organizations. The most common error: Applicant failure to determine if the RCCE activity is accrediting or, if so, by whom. It is important to validate that the activity is accepted (see acceptable and not acceptable activities above). If acceptable, who is the accrediting organization? An accrediting organization is not usually a hospital or a health sales company. Look for a statement on accreditation on the certificate of completion (i.e. this program has been approved for ____ hours of credit by __________). If it is unclear who accredits the program, seek clarification before taking the program. Remember, it’s your responsibility to determine if RCCE activity is acceptable.
The Ohio Respiratory Care Board encourages license/permit holders to carefully review the rules and regulations which govern the practice of respiratory care in Ohio. Should you have any questions regarding the regulations which affect the practice of respiratory care in Ohio, please phone the board office at (614) 752-9218.