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The Respiratory Therapist & Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board (Board) is currently seeking interested parties to serve as experts on a Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) for the respiratory therapy & polysomnography professions in Oregon. Topics under review include but are not limited to definitions, licensing and examination requirements, attestation of certain certifications, training and reporting, continuing education standards and practice standards.
Mark your calendar and note that the Health Licensing Office (and all State of Oregon agencies) will be closed on the following day:
The Health Care Workforce Reporting Program collaborates with 17 Oregon licensing boards to collect and analyze data from more than 150,000 licensed health professionals working in more than 30 occupations.
The information collected is used to understand Oregon's workforce supply and to inform educational investments and policy recommendations. Oregon's Licensed Respiratory Therapists and Polysomnographic Technologists Workforce Data is now available.
As of November 15, 2019, examination candidates wanting to obtain permanent licensure as a Respiratory Therapist are no longer required to appear at the Health Licensing Office to take the Oregon Laws and Rules examination. The new Respiratory Therapist Oregon Laws and Rules examination is administered through iLearn, an online examination portal which can be accessed through the internet.
Health Licensing Office has filed Health Licensing Office has filed proposed rules with the Oregon Secretary of State. The proposed rules will be published in the October 1, 2019, Oregon Bulletin. You are invited to review the proposed rules and submit comments from October 1 through 9 a.m. on October 28, 2019.
During the 2015 Legislative session, Senate Bill 230 was enacted, adding respiratory therapists and polysomnographic technologists to the list of health care professionals who must provide certain demographic and practice information prescribed by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to renew their license. This information is collected through an online survey that is sent directly to OHA. Currently other health care professionals, including licensed dietitians, who are required to provide this information pay a $2 fee annually, which is collected at the time of renewal. The most recent surveys can be found here: Respiratory Therapist survey and Polysomnographic Technologist survey.
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