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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: The NCRCB response to the Draft Bill in the NC General Assembly titled: Amend APA/Sunset Occupational Licensing Boards can be located by clicking here.  

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

Special Meeting Held on Friday, March 25, 2016

Posted: 3/30/2016 3:07:00 PM

The purpose of this special news item is to provide you with latest information and guidance on a matter before the Board that concerns all licensees in North Carolina.  

The North Carolina Respiratory Care Board held a SPECIAL MEETING on Friday, March 25, 2016, at 10:00 AM. The meeting took place at the North Carolina Respiratory Care Board located at 125 Edinburgh South Drive, Suite 100 in Cary, NC 27511. The topic was on Draft Bill in the NC General Assembly titled: Amend APA/Sunset Occupational Licensing Boards. This Bill will sunset the North Carolina Respiratory Care Board and transfers the licensing requirements for respiratory care practitioners to the North Carolina Medical Board. This Bill would essentially eliminate the NCRCB and transfer the licensing requirements for respiratory care practitioners to the NC Medical Board.  Licensing for respiratory care practitioners appears to remain, but the transfer may or may not keep the current rules intact.  Any ruling, position, or interpretative letter would no longer exist after the transfer of power since these Board actions are predicated Article 38 of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes.  Immediate actions by the Executive Director included contacting the NCMB, AARC, NBRC, NCSRC, NCARE, and the NC Managers’ Group. The NC Medical Board does not support the Bill.  Also, a response letter was drafted for Board approval during the meeting. The response letter focused on three major concerns expressed by the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee (Sub-Committee on Occupational Licensing). They are impediment to employment, certification vs. licensing and efficiency. The following motions were made.

Motion 1: Mr. Simpson made a motion to authorize Dr. Croft and Mr. Shenton to draft a document opposing the movement of the NCRCB to the NC Medical Board.  The motion was seconded and carried unanimously.

Motion 2: Dr. Mulcrone made a motion to authorize Dr. Croft and Mr. Shenton to have contact with the subcommittee, to speak to the members and to speak at the meeting of the joint committee on behalf of the NCRCB. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously.

Motion 3: Dr. Mulcrone made a motion to authorize Dr. Croft to send out a list of the committee members and the districts that they represent.  Only people who live in those counties may contact their representatives.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 10:53 AM.

The NCRCB response to the Draft Bill in the NC General Assembly titled: Amend APA/Sunset Occupational Licensing Boards can be located by clicking here.  

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. 




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.