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    Subdivision 1. Number of required contact hours. Two years after the date of initial
registration, and every two years thereafter, a registrant applying for registration renewal must
complete a minimum of 24 contact hours of board-approved continuing education in the two years
preceding registration renewal and attest to completion of continuing education requirements
by reporting to the board.
    Subd. 2. Approved programs. The board shall approve continuing education programs that
have been approved for continuing education credit by the American Association of Respiratory
Care or the Minnesota Society for Respiratory Care or their successor organizations. The board
shall also approve programs substantially related to respiratory care that are sponsored by an
accredited university or college, medical school, state or national medical association, national
medical specialty society, or that are approved for continuing education credit by the Minnesota
Board of Nursing.
    Subd. 3. Approval of continuing education programs. The board shall also approve
continuing education programs that do not meet the requirements of subdivision 2 but that meet
the following criteria:
(1) the program content directly relates to the practice of respiratory care;
(2) each member of the program faculty is knowledgeable in the subject matter as
demonstrated by a degree from an accredited education program, verifiable experience in the field
of respiratory care, special training in the subject matter, or experience teaching in the subject area;
(3) the program lasts at least one contact hour;
(4) there are specific, measurable, written objectives, consistent with the program, describing
the expected outcomes for the participants; and
(5) the program sponsor has a mechanism to verify participation and maintains attendance
records for three years.
    Subd. 4. Hospital, health care facility, or medical company in-services. Hospital, health
care facility, or medical company in-service programs may qualify for continuing education
credits provided they meet the requirements of this section.
    Subd. 5. Accumulation of contact hours. A registrant may not apply contact hours acquired
in one two-year reporting period to a future continuing education reporting period.
    Subd. 6. Verification of continuing education credits. The board shall periodically select a
random sample of registrants and require those registrants to supply the board with evidence of
having completed the continuing education to which they attested. Documentation may come
directly from the registrant or from state or national organizations that maintain continuing
education records.
    Subd. 7. Restriction on continuing education topics. A registrant may apply no more
than a combined total of eight hours of continuing education in the areas of management, risk
management, personal growth, and educational techniques to a two-year reporting period.
    Subd. 8. Credit for credentialing examination. A registrant may fulfill the continuing
education requirements for a two-year reporting period by achieving a qualifying score on one of
the credentialing examinations or a specialty credentialing examination of the National Board
for Respiratory Care or another board-approved testing organization. A registrant may achieve
12 hours of continuing education credit by completing a National Board for Respiratory Care or
other board-approved testing organization's specialty examination.
History: 1997 c 120 s 7

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