4761-9-02 General RCCE requirements and reporting mechanism.

(A) Licensees and limited permit holders shall verify the successful attainment of RCCE from sources approved by the board as set forth in rule 4761-9-05 of the Administrative Code.

(B) RCCE contact hours shall be obtained during the term of collection as set forth in paragraphs (C)(1) and (C)(2) of this rule. RCCE contact hours shall be earned prior to the license or limited permit 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 cycle for the specific authorization type held. A renewal application will be deemed complete when the renewal application form is filled out in its entirety, all continuing education required has been reported and is valid and the full renewal fee has been submitted.

(C) Continuing education earned for license or limited permit renewal must minimally include the following content requirements:

(1) An applicant for license renewal shall complete twenty contact hours of relevant RCCE every two years, beginning with the license renewal date and ending on the license expiration date established under paragraph (D) of rule 4761-7-01 of the Administrative Code, unless a waiver is granted under paragraph (G) of this rule. RCCE earned for license renewal must include the following content requirement:

(a) 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

(b) At least fifteen of the required contact hours must include content relating to the provision of clinical respiratory care as defined under section 4761.01 of the Revised Code; and

(c) The remaining four contact hours 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.

(2) An applicant for renewal of a limited permit issued under paragraph (A)(1)(c) of rule 4761-6-01 of the Administrative Code, shall complete ten contact hours of relevant RCCE every year, beginning with the limited permit renewal date and ending on the limited permit expiration date established under paragraph (E) of rule 4761-7-01 of the Administrative Code, unless a waiver is granted under paragraph (G)(2) of this rule. RCCE earned for license renewal must include the following content requirement:

(a) 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

(b) At least seven of the required contact hours must include content relating to the provision of clinical respiratory care as defined under section 4761.01 of the Revised Code; and

(c) The remaining two contact hours 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.

(D) In lieu of completing RCCE contact hours required under paragraphs (C)(1)(b), (C)(1)(c), (C)(2)(b) and (C)(2)(c) of this rule, applicants may submit proof of successfully passing any written professional examination administered by the national board for respiratory care, inc. (NBRC), including the written registry examination for advanced respiratory therapists, the recredentialing examination for certified respiratory therapists, the written examination for certified pulmonary function technologists, the written examination for registered pulmonary function technologists, or the written examination for perinatal/pediatric respiratory care. The registered polysomnographic technologist examination administered by the board of registered polysomnographic technologists (BRPT) and the certified asthma educator examination administered by the national asthma certification board (NACB) are also accepted written examinations.

(E) If applicable, the application form for license or limited permit renewal shall include a section for recording RCCE compliance. Licensees or limited permit holders shall complete the section to certify the completion of the required contact hours of RCCE for the current renewal period.

(F) 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.

(G) Waiver of RCCE requirements.

(1) A first time license holder in the state of Ohio who has been licensed for more than six months, but less than one year from the license expiration date must complete at least one half of the RCCE requirements listed in paragraph (C)(1) of this rule, including one contact hour on Ohio respiratory care law or professional ethics. First time license holders who have held a license for less than six months from the biennial license expiration date will not be required to complete the RCCE requirements for the current term of collection, but will have to complete the RCCE requirements for the following biennial renewal period.

(2) At the time of filing an application for license or limited permit renewal, a request to waive the RCCE requirements may be filed. The board may grant a waiver only if the one of the following is verified in writing:

(a) The applicant has been absent from Ohio for more than one half of the term of collection for the authorization type held due to military service;

(b) The applicant has been prevented from completing the RCCE requirement due to documented proof of a medical disability for more than one half of the term of collection for the authorization type held.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 05/06/2010 and 05/06/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4761.03(A)(4) , 4761.03(A)(8)
Rule Amplifies: 4761.03(a)(4) , 4761.03(a)(8) , 4761.06
Prior Effective Dates: 03/10/1990, 01/01/1994, 01/01/1996, 05/02/1996, 09/21/1998, 07/11/2003, 07/01/2008, 10/26/2009