AARC International Congress Registration for Virtual Event

AARC Congress 2021
The AARC’s virtual International Congress registration is now open; the dates are December 1st, 3rd, 7th and 9th. Please use the link below to register; early bird rates are available now, through October 13th. Use the discount code SC5OFF to get $5.00 off your registration. In addition to your discount, the AARC will also give $5.00 to the SCSRC for helping support the AARC International Congress.

AARC 2021 International Congress Registration Page

Use discount code SC5OFF and get $5.00 off your registration.

SCSRC 2021 Entry Level Scholarships

The SCSRC Scholarship Committee is pleased to award the 2021 Entry Level Scholarships to the following students:

Crystal Herndon, Midlands Technical College
Her submission was a PowerPoint presentation on “Pulmonary Edema”

Ashley Pridgen, Piedmont Technical College
Her submission was an essay on “Small Cell Lung Cancer”

Hannah Taylor, Trident Technical College
Her submission was an essay on “The Effects of Early Term Delivery on Preterm Neonates”

Kyle Woody, Spartanburg Community College
His submission was an essay on “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome”

There were two students who also have received “Honorable Mention” for their application and submission:
Kiara Jackson, Piedmont Technical College
Her submission was an essay on “The Effects of Covid-19”

Meghan Starkey, Greenville Technical College
Her submission was an essay on “The Effects of Covid-19 on Frontline Workers and The Care They Provide”

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

Note: The Trish Blakely scholarship winner will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting during the conference.

SC Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) License Renewal and Continuing Education Information

This is a reminder that 2021 is a licensure renewal year for licensed SC RCPs; the continuing education timeframe 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

  1. Continuing Education Timeframe – You must have completed at least thirty (30) hours of continuing education in the RENEWAL PERIOD (June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2021).
    RCPs in their FIRST renewal cycle after receiving their initial permanent license are NOT required to complete CME for this renewal period only.
  2. 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. Society of Critical Care Medicine
    4. American Lung Association
    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
  3. 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

AARC Approved Burnout Syndrome Survey

(Source: Ambulatory and Post-Acute Care Section on AARConnect)

This survey has been approved by the AARC for distribution. Please contact the survey proponent, as indicated in the message below, with questions and comments.

The purpose of this study is to measure the prevalence of burnout syndrome that is characterized by Emotional Exhaustion (EE), Depersonalization (DP), which means that you feel that either you or the outside world is unreal, and reduced Personal Achievement (PA) among Respiratory Therapists. The study will also measure if an association exists between perceived supervisory support and the three dimensions of burnout syndrome (EE, DP, and decreased PA) within the respiratory therapy profession.

We expect that you will be in this research study for 10-15 minutes to complete the surveys. However, you can take as much time as you need to complete it. The primary risk of participation is minimal in nature. The main benefit of participation is the gained information will be helpful to respiratory therapy directors by providing suggested strategies to a healthy work environment that is characterized by adequate supervisory support. This healthy work environment might positively decrease and mitigate the effect of stress and burnout on respiratory therapists and eventually improve patients care.


If you have questions, concerns, or complaints about this research project, you can contact the principal investigator, Ahmad Alhaykan at [email protected] or the Seton Hall University Institutional Review Board (“IRB”) at (973) 761-9334 or [email protected].

Original post by:
Amanda Feil, CAE
American Association For Respiratory Care
[email protected]

SCSRC Receives AARC Summit Award

AARC Summit AwardWe are excited and proud to announce that the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care (SCSRC) is the 2020 recipient for the AARC’s prestigious Summit Award. This honor reflects our state’s efforts and achievements in promoting professionalism and growth in the field of respiratory care. To be considered for this esteemed annual award, a state affiliate of the AARC must submit a nomination that outlines and provides supporting documentation showing their activities related to seven specific categories:

  • Educational activities
  • Membership and recruiting
  • Legislation/Advocacy
  • Promoting public awareness
  • Benefits to members
  • Collaboration with other health care organizations
  • Student activities

We thank everyone who supported, volunteered and advocated for the respiratory care professional and provided the opportunity to demonstrate our activities in the seven categories while supporting the SCSRC members, patients and students. The last few years have shown many challenges, from inclement weather to fighting a pandemic, yet we continue to shine and excel in our endeavors.

The SCSRC President, Dr. Jerry Alewine accepted the Summit award and shared his excitement and sentiments on the efforts behind receiving this distinction:

“On behalf of the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care and all respiratory therapists in South Carolina, I graciously accept the 2020 Summit Award. As is well appreciated, these past few months have been a very difficult time for healthcare, and in particular, the respiratory therapist. Through it all, we have continued as a profession, thrived as individuals, and will forever be recognized as vital in the fight against the devastation that is COVID-19.

To have been awarded the Summit Award, the diligence and commitment of our respiratory therapist has been recognized. They have endured a pandemic and remained consistent in their demand for exceptional care and the promotion of professionalism. This unique year that will be historically remembered as a time of great confusion, emotional turmoil, and unrelenting chaos that has allowed the profession of respiratory therapy to be spotlighted in a way as never before.

Having the pleasure of serving as president of the SCSRC, I am humbled and thankful for the dedication of the respiratory therapists in the state of South Carolina. Accepting this award, I do so solely as president but by no means the reason for this recognition. I accept on behalf of a state of dedicated professionals that work each day for the care of the patients we serve, promotion of the profession of respiratory therapy, and the commitment to excellence.

Again, thank you AARC and may each of you be blessed with a better day.”

Jerry A Alewine EdD, RRT
President of the SCSRC