SCSRC 2023 Respiratory Care Summit

The South Carolina Society of Respiratory Care is hosting a Respiratory Care Summit on May 26th, 2023 at Newberry College, in Newberry, SC, as a forum of collaboration between clinical and industry leaders, educators, and other stakeholders and to assess the state of the Respiratory Care profession in South Carolina. Our goal for the summit is to evaluate:

  • Recruitment and retaining employees
  • Addressing equipment recalls and medication shortages
  • Use of Respiratory Therapist driven protocols
  • Recruitment of students into the profession
  • Recruitment of students and practitioners into the AARC/SCSRC
  • Desired topics and education for SCSRC events
  • Significant changes in Respiratory Care programs
  • The critical need for members to join SCSRC committees and seek elected positions
  • SCSRC awards and scholarships

If you are planning to attend the 2022 Respiratory Care Summit, please register in advance to ensure we have adequate space for the meeting. All industry stakeholders, leaders and educators are invited. Attendees do not have to be a Respiratory Therapist or an AARC/SCSRC member to attend this summit. We ask that everyone come prepared to discuss the future, expansion, and trajectory of the Respiratory Care profession in out state. Please look for signage when you arrive at Newberry College Center for Teaching Excellence for the summit.

Register for the SCSRC 2023 Respiratory Care Summit

South Carolina 2023 RCP License Renewal


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,

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

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 with any questions.

SCSRC Scholarships

SCSRC 2023 Annual Conference


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.

18 Available CEUS!

9/5: Preconference- 3 CRCEs & Meet and Greet

9/6: 7 CRCEs-breakfast, dinner and party

9/7: 4 CRCEs-breakfast, lunch and exhibit hall

9/8: 4 CRCEs-breakfast

Registration is now open!

2023 52nd SCSRC Annual Conference – Attendee Registration
2023 SCSRC 52nd Annual Conference – Student Registration
2023 52nd SCSRC Annual Conference – Speaker Registration
2023 SCSRC 52nd Annual Conference- Speaker Proposal

More information will be posted here soon.

Exhibitors & Sponsors: Check out the 2023 SCSRC EXHIBITORS PAGE

Hilton Myrtle Beach, SCSRC

Hotel Information

Hilton/Royale Palms: Online Reservations Link (After entering the check-in / check-out dates, and the number of guests, click the blue search button.)

Reservations for the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care 52nd Annual Meeting may be made by calling the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort at (800) 876-0010. Please inform the reservations operator that you are attending the SCSRC Annual meeting.

To receive the convention rate: use the code SCS for rooms in the Hilton hotel or the code CSS for condos in the Royale Palms.

If you have any questions about your reservation at the Hilton or Royal Palms, please contact the Hilton directly. If you have any other questions, send an email to

Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort
10000 Beach Club Dr, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

2023 Annual Conference Exhibitors & Sponsors

Platinum ExhibitorGold ExhibitorSilver ExhibitorBronze ExhibitorBronze Exhibitor

Mardi Gras mask and colors

SCSRC Annual Conference Review 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

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!