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  • South Carolina 2023 RCP License Renewal by Selma B. Watson RRT, RCP January 31, 2023

    Greetings,

    2023 is a licensure renewal year for licensed SC RCPs; the SCSRC is often asked questions regarding continuing education requirements for license renewal. The timeframe for the next cycle is as noted below, as well as the CE sponsoring organizations, and approved contact hours for such classes as ACLS, PALS, BLS, etc. Please note: the SCSRC is not responsible for licensure renewal in any way. This is presented as information only; any questions, concerns, etc. should be directed to the SC Labor, Licensing and Regulation department, https://llr.sc.gov.

    Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) Renewal and Continuing Education Information

    Continuing Education Timeframe – You must have completed at least thirty (30) hours of continuing education in the RENEWAL PERIOD (June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2023).

    RCPs in their FIRST renewal cycle after receiving their initial permanent license are NOT required to complete CME for this renewal period only.

    1. Continuing education sponsorship – courses must be approved or sponsored by one of the following organizations:
      1. American Association for Respiratory Care, Inc. or its sponsoring organizations
      2. American Heart Association
      3. American Lung Association
      4. Society of Critical Care Medicine
      5. South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care
      6. Allied Health Education Centers of the South Carolina Consortium of Community Teaching Hospitals (AHEC)
      7. American Thoracic Society
      8. American College of Chest Physicians
      9. American Society of Anesthesiologists
      10. Accredited institutional continuing education programs:
        1. Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
        2. American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
    2. Approved Number of Contact Hours
      BLS Initial6
      BLS refresher (PHR/PHB BLS, etc.)3
      PALS Initial (2 day class)12
      PALS Refresher6
      ACLS Initial12
      ACLS Refresher6
      NRP Initial6
      NRP Refresher3
  • SCSRC 2023 Scholarship, Practitioner of the Year, and Dept. of the Year Applications by Selma B. Watson RRT, RCP January 29, 2023

    The SCSRC Executive Committee and Board of Directors has released the applications for 2023 student scholarships, as well as the Practitioner of the Year and Department of the Year awards. PDFs for each application are posted below.

    Note: The deadline for these applications is July 1, 2023.

    2023 SCSRC Early Professional Student Scholarship App_Packet

    2023 SCSRC Trish Blakely Higher Education Scholarship

    2023 SCSRC Practitioner of the Year Award

    2023 SCSRC Dept of the Year Award

    Please contact scholarships@scsrc.org with any questions.

    SCSRC Scholarships

  • SCSRC 2023 Annual Conference by Amanda Coffey, BS, RRT, RCP January 21, 2023

    SAVE THE DATE!!!

    September 6-8, 2023

    It’s time to start thinking about attending the SCSRC 2023 Annual Conference, September 6-8, 2023 at the Hilton Myrtle Beach. There will be a Pre-Conference session on September 5th. The SCSRC Program Committee is working to insure a great conference for 2023. There will be great lectures, food, an exhibit hall, and many opportunities to network. AARC membership MUST BE active at the time of the conference to receive the AARC Member rate. Consider joining/renewing before choosing the non-member rate. No personal checks please.

    More information will be posted here soon.

    Mardi Gras mask and colors

  • SCSRC Annual Conference Review 2022 by Selma B. Watson RRT, RCP October 28, 2022

    September 9, 2022 marked the close of another very successful SCSRC annual conference; this proved to be a recording setting year for the state society with over 180 attendees, including therapists from states such as Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and, of course, all over South Carolina, students from five of the state’s seven technical colleges, speakers from all over the nation and a total of 52 vendors represented.

    Len Geiger from Jacksonville, Florida presented a lecture about his experiences with having Alpha1 Antitrypsin deficiency and where that took on a road to a double lung transplant. Many in the audience were moved to tears and have asked to have him come to all of our conferences.

    Jim Damron gave a lecture about Prescribing Suicide, which proved to be thought provoking; he was also a favorite among those in attendance.

    These are only two of the highly rated lectures that were presented at the conference.

    The Brief Tobacco Intervention training program that has been a project/partnership with SC DHEC for the past two years was also rolled out; this training program offers one hour of CRCE free to AARC/SCSRC members and is $10 for non-AARC members. Ms. Katy Wynne, with the SC DHEC Tobacco Quitline, presented a lecture on “Evidence That Supports Clinical Intervention with Patients Who Smoke or Vape” as a part of this roll out.

    The RT students had their own half day break out sessions where they spent time with representatives from different vendor companies, including Vapotherm, Carolina Diagnostics Solutions, Sentec, to name a few, and Duke University Medical Center. This was held in the Dunes Ballroom of the Hilton hotel, with amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean surrounding them.

    The celebration dinner, with a Halloween theme, was held on Wednesday evening, with the costume contest winners being announced the following day; congratulations to all on your creativity!

    The exhibit hall was well attended; the Program Committee heard over and over from the exhibitors in attendance that our exhibit hall is the best in the region!

    The annual business meeting was conducted on Wednesday afternoon, where the results of the election were announced; congratulations to all and we look forward to working with you in the new year of 2023. Mr. Wayne Barfield, one of delegates to the AARC’s House of Delegates, was the recipient of the 2022 President’s Award. Mr. Mike Bianchi, the SCSRC’s webmaster, was the recipient of the 2022 Palmetto Award, in recognition of the many years of commitment and value he has brought to the SCSRC by managing and maintaining the website, often donating time to the care and maintenance of the website.

    The 2022 Department of the Year award was given to Prisma Health Hillcrest Hospital Respiratory Care Department – Congratulations!

    The 2022 Leadership Practitioner of the Year award recipient was Kelcy Scott, RRT-NPS, from the Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital at the Medical University of South Carolina.

    The 2022 Region of the Year was the Midlands Region – congratulations to directors Terrica Rice and Amanda Coffey!

    All in all, it was a very successful conference; plans are already underway for the 52nd Annual Conference scheduled for September 2023! We hope to see you there!

  • SCSRC 2022 Early Professional Student Scholarships by Selma B. Watson RRT, RCP August 23, 2022

    The SCSRC Scholarship Committee is pleased to award the 2022 Early Professional Student Scholarships to the following students:

    Bristow Kinsey, Spartanburg Community College, Title of Submission: “Interstitial Lung Disease”

    Victoria Murphy, Spartanburg Community College, Title of Submission: “A Closer Look at Lung Cancer”

    Madison Strickland, Trident Technical College, Title of Submission: “Our Patients Deserve Better”

    Amaro Sunga, Piedmont Technical College, Title of Submission: “Myasthenia Gravis”

    Diana Thome, Spartanburg Community College, Title of Submission: “What is Bronchiectasis and What Changed In Its Prognosis with Covid-19”

    Gabrielle Vickery, Piedmont Technical College, Title of Submission: “Rare Respiratory Diseases: Pulmonary Sarcoidosis”

    Congratulations for your work on this and the best of wishes as you continue your education!