Respiratory License Renewal – Tennessee


When does my license expire?

The due date for license renewal is the last day of the month in which a birth date falls pursuant to the biennial birth date renewal system administered by the Tennessee Department of Health Board of Respiratory Care (TDHBRC). The due date is contained on the renewal document designated as the expiration date.

How do I renew my license?

  • Internet Renewals: Individuals may apply for renewal and pay the necessary fees via the Internet. The application to renew can be accessed below.
  • Paper Renewals: For individuals who have not renewed their license online via the Internet, a renewal application form will be mailed to each individual licensed by the Board to the last address provided to the Board. Failure to receive such notification does not relieve the licensee from the responsibility of meeting all requirements for renewal.

How many CEUs does Tennessee require?

Each therapist and assistant licensed by the Board must complete 12 hours of approved continuing education every calendar year (for a total of 24 hours every renewal cycle).

  • At least 5 of those 12 hours must pertain to the clinical practice of respiratory care or to research relating to the cardio-pulmonary system
  • At least 1 of those 12 hours must pertain to patient safety as defined by the Joint Commission.
  • At least 1 of those 12 hours must be a course focused on the professional or ethical standards required of respiratory therapists by their governing rules and statutes
  • The remaining 5 hours may pertain to, among other topics, education or management

Can I get all of my CEUs online?

Yes, all of your CEUs can be obtained online. See our Discounts page for special offers (including Unlimited CEUs).

TDHBRC CE Policy Statement Regarding Multi-media Classes for CE - 2023.06.26

Rule 1330-01-.12 requires a therapist licensed by the Board to complete twelve (12) hours of continuing education annually. Subparagraph (2)(c) of this Rule provides that a minimum of five (5) of the twelve hours must be obtained live, real-time, with interactive opportunity.

It is the policy of this Board that the requirement in subparagraph (2)(c) may be satisfied either in-person or via any web-based multimedia format; provided however, that subparagraph (2)(c) does not permit any of the five (5) continuing education hours to be obtained via a web-based multimedia format which is not live in real-time and does not allow for or provide any opportunities for interactive participation.

To summarize, because our Real-Time Live Broadcasts are live in real-time and do allow for opportunities for interactive participation, you may use them because they satisfy the requirements for web-based multimedia formats allowed in subparagraph (2)(c). You may also obtain your 7 non-traditional CEUs using our Recorded Live Credit Courses or Self-Directed (available 24/7) courses.

Are your courses approved by both the AARC and the Tennessee Department of Health Board of Respiratory Care (TDHBRC)?

Our courses are AARC approved and accepted by the TDHBRC. To see our AARC approvals click here.

How much does my renewal cost?

License renewal is $75. An initial license is $150.

Resource Links

Tennessee Department of Health Board of Respiratory Care (TDHBRC)

TDHBRC Contact Us

TDHBRC License Search

TDHBRC Licensure and Regulatory System Renewal Portal


Tennessee Society for Respiratory Care

The information contained on this page was as accurate as possible at the time it was researched. It is possible that errors exist or that current license requirements have changed. We encourage corrections and comments and will make modifications accordingly. Neither Respiratory Associates nor any other individual or institution, except the person renewing their license, is responsible or liable for any consequences of its use. You are encouraged to read your state licensure requirements from the primary source, e.g. state website. If any of our CEU courses are rejected by your state licensing authority our sole remedy will be a refund.

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