SB  520 – Respiratory Care Modernization Act

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Jim Perry (R-Lenoir, Wayne); Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R-Davie, Forsyth); Sen. Jim Burgin (R-Harnett, Johnston, Lee)


This bill:

  • Defines the practice of advanced practice respiratory therapy.
  • Creates the NC Respiratory Care Board and establishes the Board’s membership and powers and duties.
  • Permits the Board to waive certain statutory requirements during a declared state of emergency in order to permit the provision of drugs, devices, and professional services to the public.
  • Sets out the requirements for licensure as an advanced respiratory care practitioner.
  • Requires a subcommittee of the Respiratory Care Board to work with a subcommittee of the NC Medical Board to develop rules to govern the performance of medical acts by advanced respiratory care practitioners.
  • Authorizes advanced respiratory care practitioners to practice advanced respiratory care under the supervision of a physician under certain specified conditions.
  • Authorizes advanced respiratory care practitioners with prescriptive and dispensing authorization to order medications, tests, and treatments under certain specified conditions, including that the practitioner’s supervising physician has provided the practitioner written instructions for ordering, procuring, dispensing, changing, or substituting drugs.


Filed – 4/5/2021