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Board Office Location and Hours: As noted in 21 NCAC 61 .0102: The administrative offices of the North Carolina Respiratory Care Board (NCRCB) are located at 125 Edinburgh South Drive, Suite 100, Cary, NC 27511. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except North Carolina state holidays.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR BOARD RULES OF THE NORTH CAROLINA RESPIRATORY CARE BOARD: Please take notice that the North Carolina Respiratory Care Board completed the required initial review of the Board rules on October 9, 2014. The Rule Commission approved the re-adoption of existing rules in June of 2015. The Board will receive written public comments from December 15, 2015 to February, 15 2016 for rules identified with substantive public interest published on the OAH website by clicking here. Comments may be forwarded to: 

William Croft PhD, RRT, RCP, 
Executive Director of the North Carolina Respiratory Care Board
125 Edinburgh South, Suite 100, Cary, NC 27511
Call at (919) 878-5595 or email at bcroft@ncrcb.org

Public Notice: 
At the January 8, 2015 meeting, the NC Respiratory Care Board approved a new policy allowing licensees to print their renewal cards. This change will allow you to print your cards. The IT Department was able to make this happen sooner than anticipated. For this reason, renewal cards will no longer be mailed starting February 2, 2015. After renewing your license, you will be prompted to print your card when renewing. You will also receive an email with a PDF file for records. You can download as a PDF for printing, sending to your manager, and maintaining a file copy for your records. If audited, you must send in your CE verifications. A link will be sent to you after we receive the required documents. Please be aware that your pop-up blocker must be set to allow pop-ups from the NCRCB website. Since everyone does not have an email, please let your co-workers know about the change.

Please Keep your email address up to date. The NCRCB will use your email address as the primary source of providing you with information including your license renewal reminder

Notice: To Individuals with military training in Respiratory Care and their spouses please click here and review the approved requirements per the NC General Statute 93B-15.1  

Latest News

Board Meeting Summary for January 14, 2016

Posted: 2/1/2016 11:05:00 AM

Board Meeting Summary: January 14, 2016

The Practice Committee met on December 4, 2015 and the Rules Committee met prior to the Board meeting on January 14, 2016. The Patient Adhoc, Education, and Ethics did not meet during the last quarter.

Mr. Simpson announced that Senate President Pro Tempore Berger appointed Dr. Daniel Mulcrone as a Physician Member replacing outgoing Board Member, Dr. Ed Bratzke. He also introduced Mr. Mary Hooks and Dr. Eric Olson, who also began their appointment as of November 1, 2015. The Governor has not, as of yet, appointed replacements for the one empty public seat.

The Board's Investigators completed 14 investigations. Seven (7) individuals were scheduled for interviews with the Board's Investigation and Informal Settlement Committee on December 1, 2015. There are currently 4 ongoing investigations. As of December 31, 2016: there were 8248 (+37) Respiratory Care Practitioner Licenses applied for. Current Totals: 4622 (-1) Active and 78 (+6) Inactive. There are 35 (+3) pending applicants, 3084 (+27) expired licenses, 250 Failed to complete, 57 (+1) practitioners deceased, 63 (+1) withdrawn applications, 12  voluntarily surrendered licenses, 0 Suspended, 31 revoked licenses, and 16 denied applications.

Board Actions

The Board voted to develop a Position Statement on Intubations after consulting with the hospital managers.

The Position Statement on Advanced Transport Procedures was tabled since the Declaratory Ruling on this matter exists. A Position Statement on Medical Supervision of Advanced Procedures was also tabled until all rulings and statements could be vetted.

The Board approved a request from Amber McViegh, Pediatric Educator at New Hanover Regional for RCP’s to assist the NP or MD in UVC placement, needle aspirations, securing an IV, fluid management by priming fluids during transport.

The Board approved a position statement for Nontraditional Procedures with a procedure list in response to an inquiry from staff from freestanding emergency rooms and clinics in Wake County.

No action was taken on the re-adoption of rules since the comment period ends March 4, 2016.  

The next meeting is April 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM. 




News from the October 8, 2015 Meeting

Posted: 10/13/2015 3:08:00 PM

Board Summary

Mr. Simpson announced the appointment of Ms. Mary Hooks, RPH to the Board representing NCAMES in place of Joe Hooks with her term expiring on August 31, 2018.  Dr. Eric L. Olson, MD has been appointed replacing Dr. Joe Coyle, MD with his term expiring on August 31, 2018. Mr. Larry Simpson, RCP has been re-appointed to the Board with his term expiring on August 31, 2018. Dr. Dan Mulcrone, MD will replace Dr. Bratzke once the paperwork has been approved by the Governor’s office.  There is still one open Public Member seat on the Board. Dr. Coyle, Dr. Bratske, and Mr. Hooks were presented with plaques for their Board terms ending on Oct 31, 2015. They will be missed and the Board and Board Chair thanked them for their service.  

The Board discussed the growing number licensees who have contacted the Board stating that they will send in late renewals.  A number of policy changes will occur to include a blast email be sent out monthly reminding everyone to update their information including a renewal reminder with the penalty information for failure to renew on time. The cost and logistics of using CE Broker will be investigated to ensure compliance with CE’s.
Dr. Croft participated in the NBRC Re-credentialing Commission conference as the state licensing board representative on September 16 – 17.  He attended the annual NBRC Licensure Liaison conference on September 18 – 20 in Olathe, KS and presented on the topic regarding the SCOTUS Teeth Whitening Case. Dr. Croft attended the annual NCSRC Symposium held in Wilmington, NC on September 29 – October 2.  He presented on the topic of continuing education.  During the week, he also attended the NC Managers and NCARE meetings.

The Board’s Investigators have completed thirteen investigations. Eleven individuals were scheduled for interviews with the Board’s Investigation and Informal Settlement Committee on September 8.  There are currently seven ongoing investigations.

As of September 30, 2015: there have been 8211 Respiratory Care Practitioner Licenses applied for.  Current totals: 4623 Active and 72 Inactive.  There are 32 pending applicants, 3057 expired licenses, 250   failed to complete applications, 56 practitioners deceased, 62 withdrawn applications, 12 voluntarily surrendered licenses, 31 revoked licenses, and 16   denied applications.

The next Board meeting will be on January 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Board office.  All public committees will meet on December 4, 2015 at the Board office. The next IISC meeting will be on December 1, 2015 at the Board office.

Board Actions

The Board approved a request from Clint Darby, RRT-NPS, NREMT-P, CMTE,Team Leader for MedCenter AIR to amend Declaratory Ruling for Critical Care Transport to include umbilical cannulation and chest tube insertion but declined to include child birthing until further discussions are held with the NCMB.

The Board approved an interpretive letter to address a request from Myra Stearns, Director of Respiratory Care Respiratory Care Carolinas HealthCare System-Pineville defining requirements and medical supervision for Respiratory Therapist performing elective intubations and conscious sedation. The Board charged the Practice Committee with developing intubation criteria and endorsement process.

The Board approved an interpretive letter to address a request from Chad A. Harvey BSRT, RRT, RCP, Director of  Respiratory Care Respiratory Care-NorthEast Carolinas HealthCare System and a request from Jeff Rahman RRT, RCP, Respiratory Care Services, CMC Northeast defining “screening pulmonary function test” versus “advanced pulmonary function testing”. The Board charged the Practice Committee with developing a position statement regarding quality testing in NC.

The Board approved an interpretive letter to address a request from Amber McViegh, Pediatric Educator at New Hanover Regional for RCP’s to provide D10%, Normal Saline, and Lactated Ringers during transport as well as verifying medication calculations with the RN.

The Board approved Declaratory Ruling for the Advanced Practice Registration: Pulmonary disease Patient Educator.

The Board approved writing guidelines for consent orders from the Education Committee to be used for writing essays recommended by the IISC Committee.

Online Services

CLICK LOGIN to enter our online services system to complete the following services: Update your address, practice site, phone number and email address, Request (Certification) Verification of your RCP license to another state, Request a Replacement Licensure Card, Request a Name Change and a new License Card. Online services also includes Application for a RCP license and an online Complaint Form.

Notice: RCP's must maintain their NBRC credentials in order to maintain their RCP license.

NOTICE: You may renew online only during the month your license expires. Reminder- 21 NCAC 61 .0501 requires the RCP to notify the Board within 30 days of any change in address and/or change in practice site.