Working as a professional respiratory therapist is a rewarding career. Helping patients who suffer from breathing difficulties isn’t easy, but it feels amazing to be able to provide the care they need.
Like most healthcare professions, respiratory therapists need to earn ongoing continuing education credits (CEUs) to maintain their license. It’s not hard to meet these requirements, but the requirements vary by state. Some state requirements are more demanding than others, but for the most part, it’s easy. However, when you wait until the last minute, the task can get tough.
Whether you waited until the last minute, or you’re just looking for ways to earn your CEUs fast, consider earning them online.
Respiratory therapist online CEUs are valid
If you’re wondering whether or not respiratory therapists can earn valid CEUs online, the answer is yes. Although, there are strict rules set forth by the AARC. However, as long as the courses you take meet AARC requirements, your CEUs will be valid.
For example, many respiratory therapists pursue CRCE courses online to earn their CEUs. Not all online programs will cover the entirety of CEUs required to renew your license, but as long as you find other ways to fill out your requirements you’ll be fine.
For example, if you need to take a live online course, you’ll need to make sure the program meets the new requirements set forth by the AARC.
Earning CEUs online is easier than attending an in-person course
The best reason to earn your CEUs online is that it’s easier than attending in-person courses each time you need to get your hours. If you have a family to take care of, small children, pets, or elderly parents, you don’t have to worry about getting coverage to go take an exam.
Another benefit to earning CEUs online is being able to study the material in a comfortable space. You don’t have to get dressed up to go be presentable for a class or your final exam. You can study and take your exam while sitting at your kitchen table, on the couch, or even in your bed. You can wear sweatpants and a hoodie if you want and you don’t need to wear shoes or socks.
Completing your CEUs online is the ultimate way to maintain your personal and family life without having to create a disruption to maintain your license.
Online CEU courses can be more effective than in-person
You’ve probably attended at least one traditional CEU course in person. There’s nothing wrong with learning in a physical classroom, but learning online can be more effective for many people.
If you learn better by being able to read materials on your own time and pause or rewind video lessons to better understand the content, you’ll get better results with online CEU courses.
Moving out of state? Brush up on your new requirements
If you move out of state and get recertified in your new home state, make sure you cement the yearly CEU requirements in your mind. Although many states have similar requirements, sometimes those requirements vary drastically.
In addition to varying hourly requirements, some states have very specific requirements for law and ethics CEU hours. For example, California requires respiratory therapists to complete 30 hours of CEUs every two years, including 3 hours of approved California Law and Professional Ethics training every other renewal.
Another detail to pay attention to is whether the requirements are yearly or biannual. For example, Alabama requires 24 CEU hours every two years, but Arkansas requires 12 hours each year. This means you can get away with waiting to earn your CEUs in Alabama for more than a year, but you can’t wait in Arkansas.
Stay on top of your state’s requirements
It’s critical to stay on top of your state’s requirements for earning CEUs online. Sometimes the requirements change and you don’t want to be left in the dark.
If you don’t know where to look for your state’s requirements, contact the board where you obtained your license and ask for some resources.
The AARC maintains a list of state requirements, but it might not be updated right away. There might be a website that keeps state requirements updated in real-time, but if not, don’t hesitate to call periodically to check in on any new changes.
Verify your courses meet AARC requirements
Earning your required CEUs online is easy as long as you make sure your courses meet AARC requirements. When your courses meet the requirements, you’ll enjoy earning your credits from the comfort of your own home.