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Monday, March 30, 2020
The Health Licensing Office (HLO) has filed a temporary Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) to allow for a provisional license for inactive and expired Oregon Respiratory Therapists to return to active status during a declared emergency. The temporary administrative order was filed with the Oregon Secretary of State and is effective from March 26, 2020, through September 21, 2020. The rule language provides a streamlined process to increase the potential number of respiratory therapists who can care for patients in Oregon during a declared emergency.
For a list of qualifications and the fee to obtain a provisional license, please see OAR 331-710-0022. If you meet the qualifications and are interested in obtaining a provisional license during the COVID-19 emergency, please do the following:
While we are currently closed to the public, our Office is staffed to take your emails and work with you to obtain a provisional license. Once the Office receives and verifies all required documentation, an email response will be sent directly to the respiratory therapist from an Office representative approving them to practice until September 21, 2020, or until more information is available.
If you have questions, or if you do not have email access and need an alternative way to provide HLO with the required information, contact:
Derek Fultz, Licensing Specialist
Sarah Bye, Licensing Specialist
HLO business hours:
Monday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Wednesday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Many of your questions can also be answered by visiting the HLO website and the Oregon Health Authority, COVID-19 updates page.
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