SCSRC at 2023 AARC Congress

The SCSRC was well represented at the 2023 AARC Congress, held November 5-8 in Nashville, TN. South Carolina received the 2023 Summit Award from the AARC this year. Thanks to all for your hard work!

Wayne Barfield received the Delegate of the Year from the Speaker of the House of Delegates; this is quite an honor, Wayne has done tremendous work for the HOD this past year, and is very deserving of this award!

Three RT students that were chosen to attend the AARC House of Delegates meeting; all three are from Midlands Technical College. I am told that they did an impressive job of representing the college and the SCSRC. Their names are Jeremy Worth, Heather Bordeaux and Lindsey Stanley.

Below are some photos from the AARC 2023 Congress.

SC Tobacco Use, Vaping and Respiratory Health Training

The SCSRC has developed a SC Tobacco Use, Vaping and Respiratory Health training module in partnership with SC DHEC, specifically the Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control. By using this link, registering on the site and accessing the training module, RTs can then complete the hour-long training session, go to the SCSRC website, and gain one free hour of CRCE by completing the online form.

The link for the SC Tobacco Use, Vaping and Respiratory Health training module is:

The link for the CRCE certificate is here:

SCSRC 2023 Election Results

Your votes have been counted and the elections results are posted below. Thanks to all the SCSRC members who voted!

President-Elect: Terrica Rice, MBA, RRT-NPS

Secretary: Holly Lever, RRT

Delegate: Suzi Westmoreland, RRT-NPS, CPFT

Coastal Region Junior Director: Leia Kennedy Butler, RRT

Midlands Region Junior Director: Crystal Herndon, RRT

Pee Dee Region Junior Director: Tyler Smith, RRT

Piedmont Region Junior Director: Tangi Williams, RRT

Thank You to Our 2023 Exhibitors and Sponsors

Many thanks to the Exhibitors and Sponsors for your contribution to the 2023 SCSRC Annual Conference. Your participation helped make the 2023 Conference a success. We couldn’t have done it without your support. We hope to see you again in 2024.

2023 Annual Conference Exhibitors & Sponsors


SPONSORED SPEAKER: Baxter, Carolina Diagnostic Solutions, Duke University Medical Center, Hamilton Medical, National Board for Respiratory Care

Platinum ExhibitorGold ExhibitorSilver ExhibitorBronze ExhibitorBronze Exhibitor

SCSRC Scholarship & Award Recipients 2023

Early Professional Scholarship Recipients
  • Austin Graham, Spartanburg Community College
    Essay on “Pulmonary Implications of Guillain Barre Syndrome”
  • Lydia Marie Shealy, Spartanburg Community College
    Essay on “A Look into Pulmonary Edema/CHF”
  • Ashlynne Grace Waters, Piedmont Technical College
    Essay on “Atelectasis: The Disease Within All Diseases”
Practitioner of the Year – Leadership Recipients
  • Angela Holten, BA, RRT
    Director of Respiratory Care
    Roper St Francis
  • Megan Shell, BSRT, RRT-NPS
    Respiratory Care Manager
    Prisma Health Upstate Children’s Hospital
Department of the Year
  • Lexington Medical Center
    Respiratory Care Services
Palmetto Award
  • Tracy Cook, MSRC, RRT
President’s Award
  • Tracy Cook, MSRC, RRT

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