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About the Board

The Ohio Respiratory Care Board is a single-program series agency with multiple functions.  Established under Sub. S. B. 300 of the 118th General Assembly and signed into law under Chapter 4761 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Ohio Respiratory Care Board is responsible for the regulation of the practice of respiratory care in the state of Ohio.  In 2005, the 125th  General Assembly passed H.B. 105, establishing a licensing and certification requirement for home medical equipment facilities under Chapter 4752 of the Ohio Revised Code.  The Ohio Respiratory Care Board's regulatory authority was changed to include HME facility regulation.

Listed in terms of priority, this regulation includes: (1) Licensing properly qualified respiratory care and HME providers and issuing limited permits to respiratory care program students, graduates, and experienced-based providers; (2) maintaining the active status of the board's licensees through timely renewal; (3) acting on complaints filed with the agency through investigation, inquiry and on site inspection of facilities; (4) establishing educational standards for respiratory care educational programs; and (5) monitoring compliance of mandatory continuing education for respiratory care providers. By law, the Board is also responsible for annually recommending improvements to the practice of respiratory care to the Governor and Ohio General Assembly. By carrying out the aforementioned mandates under Chapter 4761. of the Revised Code, the Ohio Respiratory Care Board seeks to provide the public in the state of Ohio with safe, competent respiratory care providers and home medical equipment facilities.

Board Mission


To protect and serve the public of Ohio by effectively and efficiently regulating the practice of Respiratory Care and Home Medical Equipment facility licensure and registration in the State of Ohio through the licensing of qualified practitioners and facilities, the establishment of standards for respiratory care educational programs and facility inspection standards, and the enforcement of the laws and rules governing both practices. 

Function of the Board

The Ohio Respiratory Care Board has dual functions: the licensing and regulation of respiratory care professionals under Chapter 4761 of the Ohio Revised Code and licensing and registration of Home Medical Equipment facilities offering to sell, deliver, rent, install, demonstrate, replace or maintain specified home medical equipment in Ohio under Chapter 4752 of the Ohio Revised Code.  read more...


Making a responsible difference for the citizens of Ohio --- byEfficient and Effective Licensing for Respiratory Care Professionals and Home Medical Equipment facilities, Enforcing Practice Standards and Promoting Professional Competency.

News and Events
2016 Online Renewal Period

(Open: March 15, 2016 - June 30, 2016)

2016 Renewal Packets have just been mailed.  Here is the link to the eLicense online portal: LOGIN.

  • Respiratory Care Professional Licencees (RCP.) will find their online Password & UserID at the bottom of the blue form in their renewal packets.  All RCP Licenses issued before January 1, 2016 need to be renewed for the upcoming new two-year license period (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018).  New RCP Licenses issued on or after January 1, 2016 are effective until June 30, 2018.
  • HMEL & HMER - Home Medical Equipment providers will find their online Password & UserID at the top right of the renewal notice form.  Unless the initial application was filed on or after January 1, 2016, all providers with either a HMEL or HMER must renew on or before the expiration date of June 30, 2016.
  • Limited Permit Holders (L1. & L2.) must renew using the paper forms mailed by the Board - renewal for those holding limited permits issued prior to January 1, 2016 cannot occur online.  Holders of new Limited Permits issued on or after January 1, 2016 are effective, unless otherwise noted, until June 30, 2017.
The State of Respiratory Therapy Education in Ohio: 2012-2014

The Ohio Respiratory Care Board recently commissioned a report on the state of Respiratory Therapy education in Ohio.  This is the latest in a series of educational reports conducted by the Board's Education Committee with consultation provided by F. Herbert Douce, MS, RCP, RRT-NPS, RPFT.  The information contained in this report is based upon annual reports submitted by Ohio's Respiratory Care educational programs to the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).  This report provides a baseline of data for the three-year period, 2012-2014, prior to the implementation of the January 1, 2015 requirement that most new Respiratory Care Professionals (RCP) obtain the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential for licensure.

Click HERE for the report.  Click HERE for a slide presentation on the report.

2015 Annual Report

FY 2015 Annual Report available.

Click HERE to obtain copy.

Ohio's Human Trafficking Campaign

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Criminal Background Check Alert!
The Ohio Revised Code requires those applying for a license or certificate issued by the Ohio Respiratory Care (Board) for the practice of respiratory care to submit fingerprints for an FBI (federal) and BCI (civilian) criminal records check completed by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I).read more ...
Rule 4761:1-3-02 amended effective June 4, 2014 - TENS Devices re-defined

Specific amendments to Rule 4761:1-3-02 will go into effect on June 4, 2014.  Among the amendments, the definition of Transcutaneous Electronic Stimulators (TENS) devices has been changed.  The new definition excludes TENS devices labeled by the food and drug administration (FDA) for over-the-counter use and are identified with the FDA product code "NUH.OTC.TENS."  

This change does not remove TENS devices from the list of defined home medical equipment, but refines the definition of TENS devices.  A copy of the rules effective on June 4, 2014, click - HERE.

Tips on Verifying a license in lieu of I.D. Card issuance and Continuing Education Compliance

The Board no longer issues wallet sized I.D. cards.  Instead, employers and licensees are directed to perform an online license verification using the Board's "License Verification" function located on this page.  The "License Verification" feature is a primary source system for licensure verification.

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H.B. 165 - Certified Hyperbaric Technologists exemption

On June 5, 2014, Governor Kasich signed H.B. 165 into law.  The new law will become effective 90 days after the Governor's signature date.  H.B. 165 amends Chapter 4761 of the Ohio Revised Code by exempting Certified Hyperbaric Technologists from the provision of Chapter 4761 of the Ohio Revised Code for the purpose of administering hyperbaric oxygen therapy under the direct supervision of a physician, a physician assistant, or an advanced practice registered nurse.

The new Act requires Certified Hyperbaric Technologist to file copies of their certification with the Ohio Respiratory Care Board.  The Board is required to adopt rules stating the procedure for accepting and storing certifications filed by Certified Hyperbaric Technologists.

HME - Transfer of Authorization to new facility, cessation of business, or new ownership

OAC 4761:1-15-03 requires:

1. HME Licenses or Certificates of Registration are valid only for the facility location listed in the original application.  If a facility moves to a new address, the HME License or Certification of Registration is no longer valid.  An HME facility that does not obtain a new License or Certificate of Registration is not in compliance with Ohio laws and rules regulating the provision of HME services.

2. If an HME facility ceases to be engaged in HME services, the facility must provide written notification to the Board.  Upon receipt, the Board will cancel the applicable HME license or certificate of registration.

3. If an HME facility changes ownership, the new owner shall immediately notify the Board in writing of the ownership.  For licensed HME facilities, the new owner is responsible for scheduling an inspection within sixty days of the change in ownership.  Specifics are addressed in rule.  

4. An HME facility that changes its name shall request an updated license or certificate of registration identification card.

To see a full copy of the rule, click HERE.

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Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs recognized as RCCE Provider

The Ohio Respiratory Care Board recently approved the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP) as an approved source of continuing education for persons taking the Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) program.  Ohio rule 4761-9-05 of the Administrative Code recognizes specific approved sources of continuing education for meeting Ohio's continuing education requirements for license renewal.  This rule allows the Board to consider other non-listed sources as meeting the Board's requirements as an approved source of continuing education.  The CTTTP is now recognized as an addition source of RCCE for license renewal.

Waiver of licensing requirements, informally called "Ohio's RRT Examination Recognition" rule

Ohio's new rule, "Waiver of Licensing Requirements Pursuant to Division (B) of Section 4761.04 of the Revised Code" or informally referred to as, "Ohio's Examination Recognition rule," went into effect on April 24, 2013.  This new rule revises the Board's license approval methodology by waiving specific statutory requirements for initial licensure.  The Board's authority to waive specific requirements is found under ORC 4761.04 (B).  Under this authority, the Board may waive all or part of the license eligibility requirements found in ORC 4761.04 (A).

Aspects of the rule went into effect on April 24, 2013.  Other aspects of the rule, most notably the recognition of the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) examination (written and clinical simulation portions) for initial licensure in Ohio, do not go into effect until January 1, 2015.  To review this rule in its entirety, click HERE.  

The Board has developed a frequently asked questions sheet and we encourage licensees and employers to review this information to gain a better understanding of the rule and its effects.  A frequently asked questions sheet is available.  Click HERE to see FAQ.

The sale and rental of TENs Units by Health Care Providers

The sale and rental of TENs units, or other HME devices defined under OAC 4761:1-3-02, by health care providers is not permitted, unless the provider obtains an license or certificate of registration issued by the Ohio Respiratory Care Board.  ORC 4752.01(B) of the Revised Code defines home medical equipment.  This definition is expanded under OAC rule 4761:1-3-02, which lists TENs units among the HME items defined by the Board.  ORC 4752.02(B)(1) exempts "health care practitioners" from requiring a license or certificate of registration as long as the practitioner does not sell or rent HME.

To obtain a license to sell or rent home medical equipment requires that the applicant meet specific standards promulgated by the Board.  The Board, soon after issuance of the license, will inspect each facility to verify compliance with the HME standards.  For a copy of these standards, click on this link:  HME Standards .  The Board recommends that these standards be carefully reviewed and verified by the applicant prior to filing an application for an HME license.  Filing fees are non-refundable.

Contact the Board:
Ohio Respiratory Care Board

77 S. High Street, 16th Floor • Columbus, Ohio 43215
Tel: (614) 752-9218 •
Fax: (614) 728-8691

Office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.