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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
Ohio Respiratory Care Board Consolidation

The Ohio Respiratory Care Board will cease operations on January 21, 2018

The current Budget Bill abolishes the Ohio Respiratory Care Board and transfers its Home Medical Equipment duties to the Board of Pharmacy and its Respiratory Care duties to the State Medical Board on January 21, 2018.  In the reorganization, there will be two advisory councils for each field that would advise the Medical & Pharmacy Boards respectively.  Due to consolidation/transfer issues, the Respiratory Care Board will issue our final initial licenses on Friday - January 12th.  Board staff here will be available to answer questions and provide information during the week of January 16 - 19.  But, as of January 21, 2018, licensing matters for HMEL & HMER credentials will be handled by the staff of the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy and issues involving the RCP, L1 & L2 credentials will be handled by the State Medical Board of Ohio.

Our website will be updated on January 19th to redirect people with links to the Board of Pharmacy and the State Medical Board.

2018 Renewal Period

(2018 License Renewal Period - Opens - MARCH 14, 2018)

Respiratory Care Professionals (R.C.P.) & Limited Permit Holders (L1. & L2.) 

The Renewal Period for 2018 will be March 14th - June 30th.  All licensees and limited permit holders will file their renewals online using the eLicense system.

Please call the Board (614-752-9218) if you need assistance!

2017 Annual Report

FY 2017 Annual Report available.

Click HERE to obtain copy.


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.


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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.