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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 Annual Report

FY 2016 Annual Report available.

Click HERE to obtain copy.


Proposals to Abolish the Respiratory Care Board cut short by Lame Duck Session

H.B. 617 & S.B. 366 would have abolished

the Ohio Respiratory Care Board

State Representative Sarah LaTourette and State Senator Bill Seitz had respectively introduced House Bill 617 and Senate Bill 366.  The originally identical bills proposed to reorganize Ohio's health licensing agencies.  While several other similar licensing boards (9) would be abolished and their functions merged together and transferred into (3) new licensing boards, both bills proposed to 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.  At present 5 Respiratory Care Professionals and 2 Home Medical Equipment providers serve on the 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.

Bill Status:

The Ohio General Assembly has finished work for this session.  Both Sub. HB 617 and SB 366 were unable to be passed by either the House or Senate.  However, efforts to reorganize Ohio's health licensing agencies is likely to be either re-introduced into the next General Assembly session or appear in the Budget to be proposed by Governor Kasich.

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2016 Renewal Period

(2016 License Renewal Period - Closed)

The 2016 Renewal Period has closed.  The online renewal window was open from March 15th - July 8th.

  • Respiratory Care Professional Licencees (RCP.) Any Respiratory Care Professional (RCP) Licensee seeking to reinstate their license will need to fill out and submit the Reinstatement Application Form for Lapsed/Inactive Licenses.
  • HMEL & HMER - Home Medical Equipment providers seeking to have their HME License or Certificate of Registration reinstated will need to complete the paper renewal form which was sent out by the Board in March.  A copy of that form can be requested by contacting the Board's HME Manager, Marcia Stephenson, at (614) 644-4732.
  • 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.

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

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.


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.