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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
eLicense 3.0 Training

RCB - No Licenses or Credentials (RCP, L.1, HTC, NR, HMEL & HMER) will be issued the Week of June 12th - 16th

Due to the implementation of the state's new license system (eLicense 3.0) - the statewide electronic licensing system used by Occupational Boards & Commissions - the Respiratory Care Board will be unable to process or approve any license or credential during the week of June 12th - 16th.  From June 11th to the morning of June 19th, the current Licensing system (eLicense 2.0 - also known as CAVU) will be inoperable.  The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) will be transferring data from the current system into the new system, eLicense 3.0 - also known as Salesforce or Enterprise.  During this time, the only functions available will be license verification and the provision of administrative actions in response to public records requests.  The staff will not be able to process or approve any applications during this period.  If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact the staff here at the Respiratory Care Board at (614) 752-9218.



Governor proposes to Abolish the Respiratory Care Board

State Budget - House Bill 49 

would abolish the 

Ohio Respiratory Care Board

Governor Kasich's proposed budget for Fiscal Years 2018/2019 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019) would abolish the Ohio Respiratory Care Board on January 21, 2018. While four (4) other similar licensing boards would be abolished and their functions merged together and transferred into (2) new licensing boards, the bill, H.B. 49, would abolish the Ohio Respiratory Care Board and transfer its Respiratory Care duties to the State Medical Board and its Home Medical Equipment duties to the State Board of Pharmacy.  The Dietetics Board, Sanitarian Engineering Board, and the Board of Orthotics, Pedorthics and Prosthetics would also be abolished or absorbed. At present 5 Respiratory Care Professionals and 2 Home Medical Equipment providers serve on the Respiratory Care Board along with 1 Physician Member and 1 Public Member. Under the current proposals, no Respiratory Care Professionals would serve on the State Medical Board and no Home Medical Equipment providers would serve on the State Board of Pharmacy.  There would be two advisory committees for each field that would advise the Medical & Pharmacy Boards or a subcommittee of each, but licensees would not be required to serve on either panel.

Bill Status:

The budget bill, H.B. 49, is currently pending in the Senate Finance Committee.  Click HERE to read testimony provided to the Senate Finance Subcommittee by ORCB Executive Director Corey Schaal.

2017 Renewal Period

(2017 License Renewal Period - OPEN)

Limited Permit Holders (L1. & L2.) Limited Permit Holders seeking to renew must use the paper forms mailed by the Board.  A copy of that form can be requested by contacting the Board at (614) 752-9218.  The Renewal Period lasts from March 15 - June 30.

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

2016 Annual Report

FY 2016 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.


Ohio's Human Trafficking Campaign

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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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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.