Respiratory Therapy Programs in North Dakota - ND
Education and Continuing Education Requirements
Graduates of North Dakota respiratory therapy schools can secure employment in the field with a minimum of an Associate’s Degree, although further education can be explored via a Bachelor’s Degree program and studies for jobs as advanced respiratory therapists. College and university respiratory therapist programs must be approved and accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
All licensed respiratory therapists in North Dakota are required to complete 10 hours of continuing education in order to renew their licenses. Six of those ten hours can be home-study courses. All continuing education coursework must be in the respiratory care or polysomnography field, have a provider number assigned, and meet the guidelines of the North Dakota State Board of Respiratory Care (NDSBRC). If a provider number has not been given, the licensee must obtain one from the NDSBRC. New licensees that have taken a certification examination may use the results as their continuing education requirement if the licensee took the exam in the year prior to the year for which licensure is being sought. The NDSBRC requires all licensees to submit proof of continuing education during the licensure period. Failure to achieve the required continuing education credits will result in revocation of the individual’s license.
Respiratory therapists can advance their expertise into the field of polysomnographic technology (RPSGT), which allows the respiratory therapist to work with physicians in the evaluation of sleep disorders. Additional schooling and successful completion of an examination administered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists are required as polysomnographic technologists are certified in the use of monitoring equipment such as EEG (electroencephalography), EOG (electrooculography), EMG (electromyography), and ECG (electrocardiography), for the purposes of providing diagnoses of and treatments for sleep disorders.