4723-23-06 Continuing education requirements.

(A) Except in the case of the first renewal of an active certificate to practice as an Ohio certified dialysis technician, renewal of an active certificate shall require that the certificate holder have obtained fifteen contact hours of continuing education approved by the board in accordance with Chapter 4723-14 of the Administrative Code and this rule. The required fifteen contact hours shall include both of the following:

(1) At least ten hours directly related to dialysis care; and

(2) At least one hour directly related to the law and rules governing the provision of nursing or dialysis care as set forth in Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code, and rules adopted by the board.

(B) An Ohio certified dialysis technician who requests that a certificate to practice as a dialysis technician be placed on inactive status shall not be required to meet the continuing education requirement for the period of time the certificate is on inactive status. To return to active status the dialysis technician shall complete fifteen hours of continuing education during the twenty-four months immediately preceding application to reactivate the certificate. The fifteen hours of continuing education shall comply with the requirements set forth in paragraph (A) of this rule.

(C) When a certificate to practice as an Ohio certified dialysis technician is lapsed the holder of the certificate shall complete fifteen hours of continuing education during the twenty-four months immediately preceding application to reinstate the certificate. The fifteen hours of continuing education shall comply with the requirements set forth in paragraph (A) of this rule.

(D) An Ohio certified dialysis technician shall verify completion of the continuing education required by this rule on the application for certificate renewal provided by the board, and at the discretion of the board, may be required to show proof of completion of the approved continuing education. Failure to so verify or provide such proof shall result in ineligibility to renew, reactivate, or reinstate a certificate to practice as an Ohio certified dialysis technician until the continuing education requirements are met.

(E) An Ohio certified dialysis technician who earns in excess of the number of contact hours of continuing education required for a single reporting period shall not apply the excess hours to satisfy future continuing education requirements.

(F) An Ohio certified dialysis technician, who is ineligible to renew, reactivate, or reinstate a certificate to practice as a dialysis technician in Ohio due to failure to meet the continuing education requirements, may be required to show completion of up to thirty contact hours of continuing education, that meets the requirements of this rule, before being issued a current certificate by the board. The continuing education shall be obtained within the forty-eight months immediately preceding renewal, reactivation, or reinstatement of the certificate.

(G) An Ohio certified dialysis technician may use a waiver to satisfy the continuing education requirement only one time, and the dialysis technician shall notify the board in writing requesting the waiver. Once the dialysis technician notifies the board of the intent to use the waiver, the waiver shall not be rescinded and use of the waiver shall be documented on the dialysis technician's certificate.

(H) Notwithstanding paragraph (G) of this rule, the holder of a lapsed or inactive Ohio dialysis technician certificate may not use the one time continuing education waiver when reinstating a lapsed certificate or reactivating an inactive certificate.

(I) Contact hours based on credit hours earned in an academic institution shall be calculated according to paragraph (B) of rule 4723-14-04 of the Administrative Code.

(J) Educational activities that satisfy the requirements of this rule are the same as those set forth in rule 4723-14-05 of the Administrative Code.

(K) The board may conduct a retrospective audit of any holder of a certificate to practice as an Ohio certified dialysis technician to determine compliance with this rule. The audit shall be conducted according to rule 4723-14-07 of the Administrative Code. An Ohio certified dialysis technician shall retain proof of completion of approved continuing education for a period of six years.

(L) A dialysis technician certificate holder who is engaged in active military duty and is deployed for more than twelve months to an area where military hostilities are ongoing, is not required to satisfy the continuing education requirements in section 4723.77 of the Revised Code in order to renew the certificate the first time following the end of the deployment. A certificate holder may be required to provide to the board proof of military and deployment status.

Effective: 02/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/15/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4723.79
Rule Amplifies: 4723.77
Prior Effective Dates: 10/01/2000, 02/01/2004, 02/01/2006