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Continuing Education: Respiratory Care

7 Hours Every Year

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A licensee is required to complete 7 hours of Board approved continuing education every year. At least 2.5 hours of the required continuing education hours must be related to clinical practice of respiratory care defined under ORS 688.800.
 
To renew the license, evidence of required continuing education must be provided at the time of renewal by means of a prescribed self-attestation statement certifying participation in approved continuing education. To ensure that adequate proof of attainment of required continuing education is available for audit or investigation by the Agency, the licensee must maintain a record of attendance for two years following the renewal, and must be available to the agency upon request.

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Continuing Education Providers

Continuing education is acceptable if provided by: 

  • An institution of higher education accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities,  the State Board of Higher Education, American Medical Association Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation in collaboration with the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, or its successor, or the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs offering an Associate Degree in Respiratory Care; or
  • The NBRC, AARC, Oregon Medical Association, the Oregon Osteopathic Association, the American Medical Association Continuing Medical Education, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Nurses Association, or other professional or medical organizations or associations which conduct educational meetings, workshops, symposiums, and seminars where CEU credit is offered and where subject matter is specifically related to respiratory care as outlined in ORS 688.800(5).
  • Continuing education may include teaching a course sponsored by a continuing education provider listed above, where the subject matter specifically relates to respiratory care outlined in ORS 688.800(5) (provided that no more than half the required hours be in teaching).

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Self-Attestation, Audits

A license holder must document compliance with the continuing education requirement through attestation on the license renewal application. A licensee is subject to provisions of OAR 331-720-0020 pertaining to periodic audit of continuing education.

The Oregon Health Licensing Agency will audit a select percentage of licenses to verify compliance with continuing education requirements.

Licensees notified of selection for audit of continuing education attestation must submit to the agency, within 30 calendar days from the date of issuance of the notification, satisfactory evidence of participation in required continuing education in accordance with OAR 331-720-0010, Continuing Education Requirements for Respiratory Care.

Evidence of successful completion of the required continuing education must include the following: 

  • Name of continuing education sponsor/provider; 
  • Course agenda – including the date of the training and breakdown of hours for each agenda item, lunch and breaks; 
  • Course outline – including a detailed summary of each topic discussed and the learning objective or training goal of each agenda item; The content of the course must have a direct relationship between the course training and subject matter related to Respiratory Care as set forth in OAR 331-720-0010; 
  • Background resume of speakers or instructors; and 
  • Documentation of attendance or successful course completion.  Examples include a certificate, transcript, sponsor statement or affidavit attesting to attendance, diploma. 
  • If documentation of continuing education is incomplete, the licensee has 30 calendar days from the date of the deficiency notice to correct the deficiency and submit further documentation of completion of  the required continuing education. 

Misrepresentations of continuing education or failure to complete continuing education requirements may result in disciplinary action, which may include, but is not limited to assessment of a civil penalty and suspension or revocation of the license.

Obtaining and maintaining proof of participation in required continuing education is the responsibility of the licensee. The licensee must ensure that adequate proof of attainment of required continuing education is available for audit or investigation or when otherwise requested by the agency.

Documentation of participation in continuing education requirements must be maintained for a period of two years following renewal, and must be available to the agency upon request.

For the purpose of this rule continuing education hours mean actual academic, classroom, or course work time, including but not limited to workshops, symposiums, or seminars. Continuing education hours do not include travel time to or from the training site, registration or check-in periods, breaks or lunch periods. 


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Approved Courses

Courses offered by organizations specifically identified in OAR 331-720-0010(3)(a) and (b) are approved by rule and are awarded CE credit as determined by those organizations.

Courses provided by professional or medical organizations or associations, other than those specifically identified in OAR 331-720-0010(3)(a) and (b), which conduct educational meetings, workshops, symposiums, and seminars, must be pre-approved by the agency prior to the date and time of the training.

In order to receive pre-approval of a course, the provider or licensee must submit a request for pre-approval to the agency on a form provided by the agency. The subject matter of the CE course must be specifically related to the practice of respiratory care as outlined in ORS 688.800(5), and the request for pre-approval must include the following documentation:
  • Name of continuing education sponsor/provider; 
  • Course agenda – including the date of the training and breakdown of hours for each agenda item, lunch and breaks; 
  • Course outline – including a detailed summary of each topic discussed and the learning objective or training goal of each agenda item; The content of the course must have a direct relationship between the course training and subject matter related to Respiratory Care as set forth in OAR 331-720-0010; 
  • Background resume of speakers or instructors; and 
  • Documentation of attendance or successful course completion. Examples include: a certificate, transcript, sponsor statement or affidavit attesting to attendance, diploma.
Continuing education hours mean actual academic, classroom, or course work time. Continuing education hours do not include travel time to or from the training site, registration or check-in periods, breaks or lunch periods.


Certain CE credits no longer eligible

As of January 1, 2014, licensees will not be granted continuing education credit for BLS, ACLS, NRP, and PALS courses toward renewal of a license. 

However, anyone holding an active license that was issued prior to the 1/1/2014 effective date of the new rules will be allowed to use the CE credits that were obtained prior to the change for their next renewal cycle, up to 12/31/2014. 
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