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Respiratory Care Licensing Requirements

Education

Applicants for licensure as respiratory therapists must have completed a respiratory care education program approved by the American Medical Association in collaboration with the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education or their successors or equivalent organizations, as approved by the Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board.

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Application Requirements

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  • Meet the requirements of OAR 331 division 30.

  • Submit a completed application form accompanied by payment of the required application and license fees.

  • Submit fingerprint-based national criminal background check

  • Be at least 18 years of age and provide official documentation confirming date of birth, such as a copy of the birth certificate, driver's license, passport or military/government identification.

  • Submit proof of having completed four years of standard high school education or the equivalent General Education Diploma (GED) passing scores.

  • Submit current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from a provider approved by the Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA).

    CPR certification or re-certification courses
    must be obtained through hands-on training, or blended training that includes a hands-on skills evaluation prior to certification. Course provider certifications for these courses must include an evaluator/instructor name and authorization number on the certification card.  

    Approved CPR, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens Providers  PDF 
  • Submit documentation of qualification for licensure through one of the following pathways:

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License Pathways

National Credentialing
An applicant for licensure through national credentialing must submit official documentation demonstrating that the applicant has successfully passed the certified respiratory therapist (CRT) examination or registered respiratory therapist (RRT) examination, within one year preceding the date of application.
 
The documentation of a passing score must be mailed by the National Board for Respiratory Care to the agency. Copies of examination results or other documentation provided by the applicant are not acceptable.
 
Note: The applicant is responsible for payment of fees assessed by NBRC in obtaining required official documentation.

Reciprocity
An applicant for licensure through reciprocity must submit:
  • An Affidavit of Licensure to the agency for a current license to practice respiratory care issued from another city, county, or state, which meets or exceeds Oregon standards

  • Official documentation demonstrating that the applicant has satisfactorily passed the NBRC examination or a state prepared examination that has been approved as being equivalent to the national examination.
Note: The applicant is responsible for payment of any service fee the originating jurisdiction may assess for producing the Affidavit of Licensure.

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Temporary Licensure

A respiratory therapist temporary license authorizes a holder to practice respiratory care under supervision and pending passage of the qualifying examination.
  • Supervision means the required presence of a licensed respiratory therapist or qualified Medical Director for respiratory care within the work location at the same time as the temporary licensee

  • A respiratory therapist temporary license holder must notify the agency within 10 calendar days of changes in employment status or supervisor.

  • A respiratory therapy temporary license is valid for six months and may not be renewed.

Application Requirements
  • Meet the requirements of OAR 331 division 30.

  • Submit a completed application form accompanied by payment of the required application and license fees.

  • Submit fingerprint-based national criminal background check

  • Be at least 18 years of age and provide official documentation confirming date of birth, such as a copy of the birth certificate, driver's license, passport or military/government identification.

  • Submit proof of having completed four years of standard high school education or the equivalent General Education Diploma (GED) passing scores.

  • Submit current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from a provider approved by the Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA).

    CPR certification or re-certification courses
    must be obtained through hands-on training, or blended training that includes a hands-on skills evaluation prior to certification. Course provider certifications for these courses must include an evaluator/instructor name and authorization number on the certification card.

    Approved CPR, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens Providers  PDF 

  • Provide a statement, signed by the Registrar or a Dean of a college or university and sent directly to the agency from that college or university, verifying the applicant has completed all work necessary to obtain a degree in respiratory care 

  • Submit documentation identifying approved supervisor on a form prescribed by the agency.
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