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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, 2014 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.

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 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.

News from the July 9, 2015, Board Meeting

Posted: 7/13/2015 10:58:00 AM
Highlights of the July 9, 2015, Board Meeting 

The NC Hospital Association reappointed Kathy Short, RN, RCP for another term ending October 31, 2018. There is one public member seat open that is appointed by the Governor. Larry Simpson, RCP, Dr. Coyle, Dr. Bratzke, and Mr. Joe Hooks terms end Oct 31, 2015. New baord appointees are needed to replace Dr. Coyle and Dr. Bratzke since they will complete their second term on October 31, 2015. Mr. Hooks’ and Mr. Simpson’s reappointments are pending. All are eligible to serve until replaced.

Larry Simpson, RCP was elected to a second term as Board Chair and Dr. Larry Klima, MD was elected as Vice Chair replacing Dr. Coyle, MD. Ms. Short was also reelected for a second term as Treasurer. The Board approved the 2015-16 Budget presented by Ms. Short. She also reviewed the 2014-2015 profit-loss and balance statements.  Dr. Croft reported that Continental Message Solution was engaged in a contract after discussion with the Board Chair to offer 24/7 answering service capability starting July 1, 2015. The service allows the Board to extend better service to the public and licensees by providing a live person to receive calls when the office is closed for any reason.   
The Board's Investigators completed 15 investigations during the last quarter. Thirteen (13) individuals were scheduled for interviews with the Board's Investigation and Informal Settlement Committee on June 9, 2015. There are currently eight ongoing investigations.

As of June 30, 2015: there have been 8152 Respiratory Care Practitioner Licenses applied for since 2002. Current Totals: 4699 Active and 65 Inactive. There are 71 pending applicants, 2911 expired licenses, 231 Failed to complete, 55 practitioners deceased, 61 withdrawn applications, 11 voluntarily surrendered licenses, 0 Suspended, 32 revoked licenses, and 16 denied applications.
The Education and Adhoc Committees met on June 12, 2015. The Rules Committee met on June 24, 2015. Practice and Ethics Committees did not meet during the last quarter.  Based on the Education Committee recommendation, the board approved a new policy for preceptor documentation for RCP’s to receive CE credit. Also, the committee recommended that the “Do it for Drew Foundation” videos be used for continuing and collegiate education purposes. The Board approved the recommendation provided the program attach a Board approved Disclaimer regarding the contents.  Based on the Rules Committee recommendation, the Board approved the Exemption Rule in 21 NCAC 61 .0202 for re-adoption following the Ten-Year Rules Review by the NC Rules Review Commission approval.
The Next Board meeting is scheduled for October 8, 2015, at 10:00 AM at the Board Office.

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.