Respiratory Therapists provide treatment to patients with abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system — or breathing disorders — under the direction of a licensed physician.
Respiratory Therapists administer therapeutic or diagnostic drugs to patients as part of a physician-prescribed treatment plan, implement a physician's orders for respiratory treatments, observe and monitor patient symptoms, and assist with administering medical gases (including hyperbaric or standard oxygen, vapor therapies and ventilation support). Administration of anesthesia falls outside the scope of practice of a respiratory therapist.
What You Need to Know
Scope of Practice Questions
Do you have a question about how a law or rule impacts your individualized practice? Please know that the Health Licensing Office (HLO) and its boards do not provide individualized advice on how the law applies to practice in the field. Here are some resources:
- If you are looking for an attorney to provide you with legal advice about the statutes and rules governing your licensure, the
Oregon State Bar has information on how to hire a lawyer.
- If you wish to make a complaint against a person for violating HLO and the board's statutes or rules, you may use this
- If you wish to make a public comment on the statutes and rules governing your licensure, interested party feedback is encouraged at all
- Guidance on how to obtain
a license is available on the HLO website.
- If you believe HLO and the board's rules need to be amended, you may file a rule petition with HLO for consideration. Please note that any rules must fit within HLO and the board's current statutory authority. Please also know that the board will consider your position but might not adopt your proposed rule. The statute that governs rule petitions is
- If you believe HLO and the board's statutes need to be amended, information about the legislative process is also available on the
Oregon Legislature's website.
Please know the HLO and its boards remain neutral on substantive bills proposing changes to its laws and cannot act on your behalf in any proposals to change the governing statutes.
Archived Issue Responses
For licensing qualification questions, contact Qualifications Specialist Derek Fultz at 503-934-5009 or
For policy questions, contact Policy Analyst Samie Patnode at (503) 373-1917 or
For board recruitment questions, contact Paige Sims at 503-373-1915 or