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The State of Oregon's Health Licensing Office (HLO), part of the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division, is a central licensing and regulatory office that oversees multiple health and related professions. HLO protects the health, safety and rights of Oregon consumers by ensuring only qualified applicants are authorized to practice. HLO reviews and approves applicant qualifications, conducts examinations, inspects thousands of licensed facilities and independent contractors, responds to and investigates consumer complaints, and disciplines licensees who are found in violation of state requirements.

To that end, HLO works with 16 boards, councils and programs in the State of Oregon.

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Health Licensing Office
The Health Licensing Office is located at:
1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180, Salem, OR 97301
Information Line (503) 378-8667


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Cultural Competency Continuing Education for Long Term Care Administrators

The Long Term Care Administrators Board under the Health Licensing Office has filed proposed rules with the Oregon Secretary of State. The proposed rules will be published in the April 1, 2020, Oregon Bulletin, and specifies the continuing education requirement in cultural competency mandated by the 2019 House Bill 2011. You are invited to review the proposed rules and submit comments from April 1st through 5 p.m. on April 28, 2020.

Fee Discounts Offered for Direct Entry Midwives During COVID-19 Emergency

​The Health Licensing Office has filed a temporary Oregon Administrative Rule regarding discounted license fees. The temporary rule is needed for midwifery licensing to continue at a lower cost to allow for the increased demand of families seeking birth at home or in birthing centers during the COVID-19 emergency. This temporary rule language is effective April 1, 2020.

Provisional License for Respiratory Therapists During COVID-19 Emergency

​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.

First Aid/CPR/Bloodborne Pathogens Training During COVID-19 Emergency

This communication is for those professions overseen by the Health Licensing Office which require First Aid / CPR / Bloodborne Pathogens (or any mix of these as stated in Oregon Administrative Rule) for initial licensure/certification/registration (authorization), or for those needing to obtain recertification to renew your authorization:

During the Governor’s declared state of emergency due to COVID-19, the requirement to be certified to gain your initial authorization or to renew your authorization remains in place, however; the hands-on skill competency assessment by a qualified instructor can be waived and you are allowed to take all required courses online. If available, courses can still be taken in person if you are able to be in compliance with the Governor’s executive orders when doing so.

If you need to obtain your First Aid / CPR / Bloodborne Pathogens certification (or any mix of these), or get recertified, please refer to our approved provider list to inquire if these organizations are able to provide you with an online course or a remote-in option with an instructor.

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