What is the MSRC?
The MSRC is a Chartered Affiliate of the American Association for Respiratory
Care. For information on the AARC and membership, visit their web site at
. Missouri members of the AARC are
automatically members of the MSRC also. The MSRC is your organization, made up
of respiratory therapists just like you, across the state. The MSRC works for
the needs and interests of RCPs throughout Missouri.
What is the mission of the MSRC?
The MSRC is formed to:
- Advance the science, technology, ethics, and art of Respiratory Care.
- Encourage, develop, and provide, on a regional basis, educational
programs for those persons interested in Respiratory Care.
- Facilitate cooperation and understanding among Respiratory Care
personnel and the medical profession, allied health professionals,
hospitals, service compaines, industry, government organizations, and other
agencies interested in Respiratory Care.
- Provide education of the general public in pulmonary health promotion
and disease prevention.
How can I tell which District I belong to?
The MSRC is divided into 5 Districts, based geographically on county lines. To
see a map showing the District divisions and list of counties comprising each
District, click here
What programs does the MSRC provide?
The MSRC sponsors numerous educational programs throughout the year. The
statewide meeting is held each May, and each District has its own educational
programs as well. All educational programs provide the opportunity for the RCP
to earn Continuing Respiratory Care Edication (CRCE) credits. The MSRC also
provides an annual Student Scholarship
, awarded each year at the State
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Where are my CEUs for an MSRC Confrence I attended?
The CRCE Transcript for all AARC members is available on the
AARC web site
on the CRCE Lookup page.
to access the CRCE Lookup page directly. If you need a hard
copy certificate, you must inform the registration desk of your request at the
time of the conference.
What about licensure - does the MSRC issue licenses for Respiratory Care
No. State Licences are handled by the Missouri Board for Respiratory Care.
Please visit their website at
for information about becoming a
licensed RCP in the state of Missouri. The MSRC does, however, maintain
communications with the MBRC and is there to voice concerns that individual
therapists may have regarding the Board and licensure applications.
How do I get courses I've attended or seminars I'm planning approved for
CEUs in Missouri?
Again, this is a function of the Missouri Board for Respiratory Care. (See
contact information above). Also note, any CEUs which are already approved by
the AARC (or any of its affiliates) are automatically accepted by the MBRC --
so if you are planning a conference, it may be easier to simply apply apply
directly to the AARC for your CRCE approval.
Does the MSRC provide online CEU courses?
Not directly, but our links pages provide access to several sources for online
CEUs, including the AARC Online
page. For links to more options for your CEU courses, go to
What does the MSRC do to protect the interests of respiratory therapists
in the state of Missouri?
The MSRC utilizes the services of an excellent lobbying firm,
Gamble & Schlemeier
, to maintain contact
with legislators and to watch the legislative process for any bills at the
national, state, or local level which may affect RCPs, either positively or
adversely. G & S maintains frequent contact with the MSRC Board of Directors
to alert us of any bills or upcoming votes which may be of concern, and the
MSRC is then able to alert its members and encourage individual RCPs to phone
or write their representatives and speak out for the concerns of respiratory
therapists and the patients we care for. The MSRC also participates in the
"PACT" (Political Action Contact
effort sponsored by the AARC, which recruits ordinarly RCPs like you
to be a "contact person" for your profession, and make a special effort to
make sure our lawmakers are attuned to our issues. Together we CAN do more!
What are some of the MSRC's activities to promote the respiratory care
profession to the public?
The MSRC and the various districts offer several activities each year that
benefit and inform the public about pulmonary health and disease promotion.
District I sponsors Respiratory Care public information booth at the St. Louis
Science Center each fall. District V hosts a Family Asthma Fair each spring.
The MSRC provides funds for campers to attend the American Lung Association
for Eastern Missouri Asthma Camp each summer.
How can I become a member of the MSRC?
To be a member of the MSRC, you must first join the AARC.
to apply online,
or contact the AARC at (972) 243-2272 to request an application. For
additional information, please contact the MSRC Membership Committee chair,
Lisa Newcomer, by e-mail at
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Remeber, the Missouri Society for Respiratory Care is YOUR society -- with
everyone's participation, we can be an advocate both for our profession and