Continuing Education 2017 Application
Continuing Education 2017 Invoice
The AzSRC is an approved organization by the Arizona State Board of Respiratory Care Examiners to approve CEUs.
One purpose of the AzSRC is to provide Continuing Respiratory Therapy Education to the Respiratory Therapist. The criteria for approving programs for continuing education units (CEU's) are established by the AzSRC, AARC, and reflect the continuing education requirements of the Arizona Board of Respiratory Care Examiners.
"Continuing Education" is defined as the variety of learning experiences meant to enhance the knowledge of the Respiratory Therapist, enabling them to provide safe and effective respiratory care to patients. Continuing education may also be used to:
- Define learning experiences related to the education and management of Respiratory Therapists and Respiratory therapy services.
- Health promotion and disease management.
- Patient safety.
- Health care cost containment.
- Healthcare law and ethics.
- Emergency preparedness.
Arizona Society for Respiratory Care
Continuing Education Approval Criteria
- ACLS, PALS, and NRP offered through the American Heart Association (AHA) or American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI), regardless of class structure or length will be required to proceed through the application process with appropriate fees. Upon approval, a maximum of five (5) CEU’s will be granted. BLS is not valid for CEU credit.
- Successful completion of the Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) credential or any NBRC specialty credential will qualify for ten (10) clinical continuing education units. No continuing education units will be awarded for earning the Certified Respiratory Therapy (CRT) credential. Proof of earning the RRT credential or any NBRC specialty credential must be provided to the Board of Examiners and does not require the AzSRC approval process.
- Applications for more than three (3) continuing education units will be approved only with the complete program breakdown of time including breaks, lecture time, and testing time. Testing and evaluation time do not qualify for continuing education.
- All topics must meet the scope of practice as defined by Respiratory Care Practice .L\ct, ARS R 4-44-210. Even though a topic may be pertinent to an individual practitioner, if it is in not in our scope of practice, it will not be approved. (Example, chemistry does not fall under our scope of practice except by a very indirect connection, therefore, it will not be approved.) Non-clinical topics can be approved if they fall directly under the non clinical classification ARS R-4-944-121.
- Of the twenty (20) CEU’s required for license renewal, a minimum of fifteen (15) CEU’s must be in the clinical classification. A maximum of five (5) CEU’s can be in the non-clinical classification.
- Teaching modalities must be interactive and facilitated. All videos scheduled for CEU approval must be facilitated to provide for discussion of material presented. Proof of facilitation is the responsibility of, and must be provided by, the institution applying for approval.
- Certification will be issued only when the application is legible and complete. This includes the date(s) of program presentation. Objectives must be in proper format. Time breakdown must be present if greater than three (3) hours. Applications not meeting these guidelines will be returned.
- CEU approval will be granted for the date of presentation and can be granted for subsequent dates in the current year of application, providing these dates are listed on the application. Each date will count as an individual application for the cost structure. Reapplication is required at the end of each calendar year.
- A thirty (30) day period for approval of applications, after receipt by the continuing education committee, is needed.
All applications are to be sent to:
Tammy Redasky / Alice Hinton
Pima Medical Institute
3350 East Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85716
- An attendance roster must be used for registration at the time of the program offering. All participants receiving a copy of the certificate must sign the attendance roster for actual receipt of CEUs. The original attendance roster must be maintained by the provider / individual for a minimum of three (3) years to be available to the Board of Examiners (BOE) for their investigations.
- CEU's are counted from the date of license. Any CEU offering must be taken within the current licensing period to qualify for continuing education credits.
- CEU's can be applied for any time in advance by an institution, however, applications received greater then forty five (45) days following an event will not be considered for approval. An individual application must be applied for after attending the program.
- The RCP is responsible for his/her own CEU's. The Board of Examiners, Arizona Society for Respiratory Care, and the Continuing Education Committee will not be responsible or accountable for the individual practitioner who has not followed through with the personal responsibility for individual CEU records.
- Any continuing education programs approved by the AARC or the AzSRC with the appropriate certificate will automatically be recognized by the Board of Examiners. Continuing education credits from other states are not accepted unless they have been approved by either the AARC or the AzSRC.
- Institutions, after paying their fee, can apply for CEU credit for programs taught/sponsored by their facility per the guidelines set by the AzSRC Board of Directors.
- Individuals can apply for continuing education units at the cost set by the AzSRC Board of Directors. (See current CEU Application for cost structure) Employees who attend outside programs must receive CEU’s from the provider of the program or can apply for CEU’s as an individual.
- All approved CEU programs will be issued an official AzSRC certificate with the program number, the official embossed seal of the AzSRC, and the proper AzSRC signature. Providers must sign the certificate, photocopy the certificate for the participants and distribute. All information must be completed on the certificate or the certificate is considered invalid.
- The AzSRC will not provide a tracking mechanism for CEU's. Each individual practitioner is responsible for maintaining his/her own records.
- CEU's are approved in increments of 0.5 hours.
- Completed college courses are not eligible for CEU approval.
- Any unused application fees paid in the current calendar year do not transfer into the upcoming calendar year. (January 1 – December 31)
- The AzSRC will consider online, web-based programs up to a total of 1.0 CEU per program. The individual / facility will complete the AzSRC application, pay the appropriate fee and submit the application to the CEU committee for review. If the program meets the scope of practice requirements, then up to 1.0 CEU will be approved and a CEU certificate issued. Programs approved by the AARC are also accepted by the Board of Examiners.