2021 SCSRC Scholarships & Awards

Application Deadline Extended to July 16, 2021!

SCSRC Scholarships 2021It’s scholarship application time again. The application links for the 2021 SCSRC Entry Level Student Scholarship, 2021 SCSRC/Trish Blakely Memorial Higher Education Recognition Award, 2021 SCSRC Practitioner of the Year Award, and 2021 SCSRC Department of the Year Award are listed below.

Applications and Guidelines:


2021 SCSRC Entry Level Student Scholarship

2021 SCSRC/Trish Blakely Memorial Higher Education Recognition Award


2021 SCSRC Practitioner of the Year Award

2021 SCSRC Department of the Year Award

Calling for Nominations for the 2022 SCSRC Board of Directors

Respiratory Therapists around the globe stepped up over the last year and truly showed the world we are ready and qualified! More than ever, the future of Respiratory Care is primed for exciting opportunities. Now is the time for us to set the pace to define and shape the trajectory of our profession. If you or someone you know feels motivated to get involved in the SCRSC, NOW IS THE TIME! We are current accepting nominations for our elected Executive Board of Directors and we have several opportunities to serve on committees. I truly believe that there is a perfect person to meet each need of the SCSRC and our RC community. If you are interested in serving in any capacity, please contact Tracy L. Cook at [email protected] to express your interest.

The South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care is currently accepting nominations for the following 2022 Board of Directors positions: President-Elect, Secretary, Delegate, and Junior Regional Directors for each region All nominees must be a licensed practitioner within the state and in good standing as an active member of the AARC/SCSRC. Candidates must be willing to serve the entire term of office and to attend all necessary events and meetings pertaining to their office, including four board meetings each year. Other desired qualifications specific to the office are as follows:

President Elect – Prior board experience serving for two years on either the Executive Committee and/or Regional Director. This is a three-year term (3) that transitions into President, and Immediate Past President.

Secretary – Prior board experience serving for two years on either the Executive Committee, as a Regional Director or as an active Committee Chair. The Secretary should have good organizational and time management skills. The Secretary is responsible for maintaining all SCSRC permanent records, reports and minutes from all executive and board of directors meeting. The secretary is responsible for preparing the agenda and maintaining minutes and reports. This is a two (2) year term.

Delegate – Prior board experience serving for two years on either the Executive Committee or as a Regional Director. The Delegate serves the voting members of the SCSRC as specified by the AARC bylaws. Delegates shall serve as a voting member of the SCSRC Board of Directors. Delegates must commit to attend the SCSRC BOD meetings as well as AARC summer and House of Delegates meetings. SCSRC Delegates serves as an ambassador of the SCSRC and should be well versed in the SCSRC operations, Robert’s Rules of Order, professionalism, including professional communication, etiquette and ethics. The term of the office is 4-years with one delegate being elected every two years.

Regional Directors for the 4-regions (Coastal, Midlands, Pee Dee, and Piedmont) – Prior experience serving as an active committee chair or member is preferred. The term of office for a Director is two (2) years, serving year one as a junior director and year two as a senior director. To serve and meet the needs of our community, the state is divided into four regions. The junior regional director will assist the senior regional director in providing guidance and opportunities for educational and networking opportunities within their region. The senior director will mentor the junior director as assist the junior director in planning and sponsoring a one-day educational event in their region.

Please consider nominating a fellow therapist or maybe yourself today. Nomination and application forms can be found on the SCSRC website:

  SCSRC Board of Directors Nominations – Deadline for Nominations is May 25, 2021

  SCSRC Board of Directors Applications – Deadline for Applications is May 30, 2021

We look forward to working with you!

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