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Military Requirements

Licensing for Active Duty Military, Veterans, and Spouses

Active duty military means you are a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or auxiliary corps as established by congress. Veteran means any person who has completed service in the armed forces, including national guard of any state, or a reserve component of the armed forces, who has been discharged under honorable conditions from the armed forces or who has been transferred to the reserves with evidence of satisfactory service. 

If you are currently serving in a branchIf you are and active duty military member, a veteran, or a spouse of an active duty military member or veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States of America, the following rules address benefits that may be available to you:

Initial License eligibility

Active duty military members, veterans, or spouses must graduate from a CoARC accredited respiratory care program and hold a CRT credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (NBRC) to be eligible for initial licensure in Ohio.  After January 1, 2015, an applicant must hold an RRT credential issued by the NBRC, unless the applicant earned a CRT credential prior to January 1, 2015. 

Under OAC rule 4761-12-01 a fifty percent discount on the intial licensure fee shall appy for veterans or persons on active duty military service.

Resources:  See OAC rule 4761-12-01.

License Renewal

Individuals on active duty military service or the spouse of an active duty military service member serving outside of the state of Ohio may be eligible for:

1. Waiver of all continuing education requirements for license renewal if on active duty military service and active duty service time exceed more than one half the term of collection for the license.  Licenses renew every two years.  To be eligible, service time must exceed one year in length.

2. Extension of the due date for completion of continuing education, if on active duty military service for periods of time less that one half the term of collection (terms less than one year).  In these cases, the Board shall extend the due date for a period of time equal to the time spent on active duty service during the renewal cycle.

Qualifying members and/or spouses of members must present a copy of military service orders.

Resourses:  See OAC rule 4761-9-02.

Continuing Education

OAC rule 4761-9-05 recognizes approved sources of continuing education for the purpose of meeting the biennial license renewal requirement of 20 contact hours of continuing education.  Among the sources approved is "relevant continuing education and training provided by a branch of the U.S. Military for active duty military service members.

To permit the Board to review continuing education or training provided by the U.S. Military, the Board recommends submitting documentation of training at least thirty days prior to the expiration date of the license.



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