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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.

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.

Public Notice:
In the 2013 legislative session, the General Assembly enacted Session Law 2013-413.  This law established G.S. § 150B-21.3A, “Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules.”  This statute requires the Rules Review Commission (“Commission”) to establish a process and schedule for those covered agencies to ensure compliance with the law. This schedule and process requires agencies to review all of their active rules codified in the NC Administrative Code (“the Code”) every 10 years. 

21 NCAC 61 - NC Respiratory Care Board (Posted October 25, 2014) rules review began October 31, 2015 after the Board approved the existing rules on October 9, 2014. Comments shall be directed to William Croft, Executive Director, 125 Edinburgh South, Suite 100, Cary, NC 27511 or bcroft@ncrcb.org.

Comment period: October 31, 2014 - December 31, 2014. Scheduled month and year for RRC review: June 2015  

Notice: 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

News from the Board Meeting on April 9, 2015

Posted: 4/13/2015 8:34:00 AM

The North Carolina Respiratory Care Board met on April 9, 2015. The following agenda items were approved from committee recommendations or Board member motions:

1)     Ms. Robin Ross, MS, RRT, RCP announced that Mr. William Bernard Nobles replaced Ms. Williams as the new public Board member appointed by the Governor. He will serve three years. One public member seat remains open.  

2)     The board approved an interpretative letter in lieu of a position statement for a request from Myra Stearns, RCP at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville regarding Respiratory Therapist having access to medication other than Respiratory meds in the Omnicell.

3)     The board approved a request from Sean Gibson, EMT-P, and C. at WakeMed Health & Hospitals Mobile Critical Care Services for updating the Air Ambulance Declaratory Ruling. The board approved the changes to the existing ruling to include training within the hospital for initial and annual competency training. The was updated to include the  monitoring of Intra-Aortic Balloon Counterpulsation, as well as all of the advanced practice procedures and skills that are identified on the North Carolina Medical Board Approved Skills and Medications for Credentialed EMS Personnel which is currently located at the following URL: http://www.ncems.org/nccepstandards/NCMBApprovedMedSkillsforEMSPersonnel.pdf.

4)     The board approved an interpretative letter for Marcus Ferguson, RCP at New Hanover Regional Medical Center regarding Respiratory Therapist having access to medication other than Respiratory meds in automated dispensing devices.

5)     The board unanimously carried a motion made by Kathy Short, RN, RCP, RRT to change in the Conscious Sedation Declaratory Ruling to include the: “Any RCP who engages in these activities must have an advanced practice credential, such as being registered by the National Board for Respiratory Care as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Should any question arise about the appropriateness of any other advanced practice credential, the Board will provide guidance for individual situations on request, with sufficient advance notice”.

6)     The board unanimously carried a motion made by Dr. Klima to send letter to DHSR regarding the Carolina Specialty Hospital expressing the Board’s concerns.  


News from the January 8, 2015 Board Meeting

Posted: 1/16/2015 2:27:00 PM

The North Carolina Respiratory Care Board met on January 8, 2015.  The following agenda items were approved from committee recommendations:

1)  An interpretive letter for hyperbaric chamber operators working under the supervision of a nationally certified technician (CHT) based on a request from Tommy Honeycutt from Gracie Hope Hyperbarics.

2) Two amendments to the ECMO Declaratory Ruling based on requests from Jhaymie Cappiello MS RRT-ACCS RCP, Education Director at DUMC and Cheryl Adams, MS, RRT, AE-C at Carolinas Healthcare:

a) There will now be requirements for ACLS, PALS and NRP credentialing based on the RCP’s patient population.

b) There is scope of practice outlined for ECMO specialist providing continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) within approved hospital policies and protocols.

3) An interpretive letter regarding the scope of practice for RCP’s authorizing medication refills when utilizing a physician ordered protocol while working in physician offices based on a request from Joy Key, RN, BSN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Manager at Cornerstone Health. 

4) An Adhoc Committee on Patient Education to develop advance practice endorsement guidelines for a Pulmonary Disease Patient Educator based on a request from Terrie Ray, RRT, BSRT.

5)  The requirements for preceptor documentation for CE credit and place the requirements in the FAQ section of the website.

6)  The Review of Existing Rules Report to be submitted to the NC Rules Commission.

From the business portion of the meeting:

1) House Bill 285 for the new legislative session was approved

2) A change in policy to add a per diem for Investigative and Informal Settlement Committee members, who are non-board members, was approved.

3) A change in policy to allow licensees to print their renewal cards was approved.

4) A request to reinstate RCA’s was denied. 

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.