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Acceptable continuing education.

(1) Continuing respiratory care education must be a minimum of ten hours of continuing respiratory care education approved by the American Association for Respiratory Care. The remaining twenty hours of continuing respiratory care education may be in any of the following:
(a) Additional courses approved by the American Association for Respiratory Care.
(b) Category I level formal in-service approved by the American Association for Respiratory Care.
(c) Courses in respiratory care approved by the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Nurses Association.
(d) Initial and renewal certification courses in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation Program.
(e) Courses in respiratory care at any accredited college.
(f) Self-study courses in respiratory care.
(g) Passing the National Board for Respiratory Care's self-assessment competency examination with a minimum score of 75. Three hours of continuing education may be applied for successful completion of this examination.
(h) Educational offerings in respiratory care which include learning objectives provided by hospitals or health organizations.
(i) Educational offerings in respiratory care which include learning objectives, where the licensee serves as the instructor subject to the limitation described in subsection (3) of this section.
(2) Documentation. Licensees are responsible for acquiring and maintaining all acceptable documentation of their continuing education activities. Acceptable documentation shall include transcripts, letters from course instructors, or certificates of completion or other formal certifications provided by hospitals, course instructors, and health organizations, as required in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 7. In all cases other than transcripts, the documentation must show the participant's name, activity title, number of continuing education credit hours, date(s) of activity, instructor's name(s) and degree and the signature of the verifying individual program sponsor.
(3) The licensee who prepares and presents lectures or education courses that contributes to the professional competence of a licensed respiratory care practitioner may accumulate the same number of hours obtained for continuing education purposes by attendees as determined in WAC 246-12-220. The hours for presenting a specific topic lecture or education may only be used for continuing education credit once during each renewal period.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.89.050(1) and 18.89.140. WSR 01-21-136, § 246-928-442, filed 10/24/01, effective 11/24/01.]