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Continuing Education Credits
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Frequently Asked Questions"

  1. What requirements are different for this first one-year (half biennial period) versus future two-year biennial periods as stated in regulations?

  2. Does the 5 CE credits carry-over provision apply to this period?

  3. How many CE credits do I get for the ACLS, PALS, & NPS courses?

  4. Do I get any credits for teaching BCLS, ACLS courses, or clinical rotations?

  5. Is an in-service course approved by my hospital acceptable?

  6. Do I have to keep records of my CE credits?

  7. What type of documentation do I need if am audited?

  8. Does this same documentation apply to the five (5) carry-over CE credits taken in the previous renewal period?

  9. Can I use the exact same CE credits from courses, which were counted towards the total in the previous renewal period for my carry-over CE credits in the next period?

See full continuing education regulation at: www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/adoption/respado35.htm or www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/respcare/  

For current programs and AARC approved courses please contact: New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care at: www.njsrc.org

 

 

 

1. What requirements are different for this first one-year (half biennial period) versus future two-year biennial periods as stated in regulations?

The CE credit requirements are less. For this first one-year period ending March 31, 2008, only 15 CE credits are required with at least 10 of these credits pertaining to respiratory care and 5 in any healthcare related topics. The specific CE credit topics of ethics, infection control, and patient safety/medical errors are not required this period.

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2. Does the 5 CE credits carry-over provision apply to this period?

Yes. You may carry over 5 CE credits taken between March 5, 2006 and March 5, 2007. Thereafter, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:44F-10.1(d), a licensee who completes credits hours in excess of the 30 credits required may apply no more than five of those credits to the continuing education requirement for the following biennial period only, so long as those additional credits were completed within one year prior to the end of the biennial licensing period.

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3. How many CE credits do I get for the ACLS, PALS, & NPS courses?

Pursuant to N.J.A.C.13:44F-10.2(a)3, successful completion of any certification or recertification course approved by the American Heart Association in Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Life Support (PALS) or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) or approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics in Neonatal Resuscitation Protocol (NPR): one continuing education credit for each instructional hour awarded, with a maximum of 12 credits per biennial licensure period.

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4. Do I get any credits for teaching BCLS, ACLS courses, or clinical rotations?

No.

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5. Is an in-service course approved by my hospital acceptable?

No. Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:44F-10.2(a)1, successful completion of programs, courses or seminars offered or approved by the New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care or the American Association for Respiratory Care are acceptable. One continuing education credit for each course credit awarded.

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6. Do I have to keep records of my CE credits?

Yes. Pursuant to N.J.A.C.13:44F-10.3(a)2, a licensee shall maintain all evidence of verification of continuing education requirements for two full biennial licensing periods after completion of the credits and submit such documentation to the Board upon request.

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7. What type of documentation do I need if am audited?

Pursuant to N.J.A.C.13:44F10.3(a)3 I-v, a licensee shall provide to the Board upon request, documentation of the licensee’s completion of continuing education requirements as follows:

i. For programs, courses and seminars: the course provider’s written verification of attendance. The Board may request course content, title, objective and number of CE hour/per course, as part of the verification of continuing education.

ii. For college courses: an official transcript;

iii. For articles published in a peer-reviewed professional journal: the published article;

iv. For authored textbooks or manuals: the textbook or manual; and

v. For videotaped, internet and other distance learning courses: written verification from the course provider.

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8. Does this same documentation apply to the five (5) carry-over CE credits taken in the previous renewal period?

Yes. Documentation of the licensee’s completion of continuing education requirements pursuant to N.J.A.C. 10.3(a)3 I-v, is required.

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9.Can I use the exact same CE credits from courses, which were counted towards the total in the previous renewal period for my carry-over CE credits in the next period?

No. Clinical respiratory care for the purposes of continuing education include topics or courses that addresses the administration of patient care, therapy and testing consistent with the scope of practice.

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See full continuing education regulation at: www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/adoption/respado35.htm or www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/respcare/  

For current programs and AARC approved courses please contact: New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care at: www.njsrc.org

 

   
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