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(1) Upon biennial renewal of licensure, each respiratory care practitioner must affirm on the renewal form that he/she has completed 24 continuing education units in the preceding 24 months. One continuing education unit is equivalent to 50 minutes in length.

(2) It is the sole responsibility of each licensee to meet the continuing education requirement, and to provide documentation of his/her compliance if so requested during a random audit. The random audit will be conducted on a biennial basis. The board will not permit excess units to be carried over from one licensing renewal cycle to the next.

(3) A licensee who fails to obtain a sufficient number of continuing education units may satisfy the requirement by taking and passing the National Board of Respiratory Care certified respiratory therapy technician examination or the registered respiratory therapy examination during the preceding 24 months.

(4) The continuing education requirements will not apply until the licensee's first full year of licensure.

(5) Courses acceptable for continuing education shall be those whose content is relevant to the scope of practice of respiratory care as defined in 37-28-102 , MCA.

(6) Any identical course or program presented under Category I or Category II may be submitted for continuing education credit only once every two years.

(7) If documentation of the continuing education requirement is improper or inadequate, the respiratory care practitioner shall correct the deficiency. If the requirement is not completed within 90 days, the license shall be revoked and the renewal fee forfeited. Misrepresentation of compliance shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action.


History: 37-28-104, MCA; IMP, 37-28-104, 37-28-203, MCA; NEW, 1992 MAR p. 913, Eff. 5/1/92; AMD, 1993 MAR p. 2125, Eff. 9/17/93; AMD, 1994 MAR p. 3093, Eff. 12/9/94; AMD, 1998 MAR p. 2276, Eff. 8/28/98; AMD, 2000 MAR p. 1039, Eff. 4/28/00; TRANS, from Commerce, 2003 MAR p. 1286.

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