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Oklahoma Respiratory Care Practitioners

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The Oklahoma Respiratory Care Practitioners Committee is happy to welcome you to their new website. We hope you find much useful information. We are grateful to the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision for the support of this site.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our main office at 405-962-1400.

Practice of respiratory care shall include, but not be limited to:

  1. the direct and indirect respiratory care services including but not limited to the administration of medical gases, pharmacological, diagnostic, and therapeutic agents and services related to respiratory care procedures necessary to implement and administer treatment, ventilatory support, maintenance of the airway via natural or artificial means, specimen collection, disease prevention, pulmonary rehabilitation, or diagnostic regimen prescribed by orders of a physician;
  2. observing and monitoring signs and symptoms, physiologic measurements of the cardiopulmonary system, general behavior, general physical response to respiratory care treatment and diagnostic testing, including determination of whether such signs, symptoms, reactions, behavior or general response exhibit abnormal characteristics;
  3. implementation, based on clinical observations, of appropriate reporting, referral, respiratory care protocol, or changes in treatment, pursuant to a prescription by a person authorized to practice medicine under the laws of this state, or the initiation of emergency procedures under the rules of the Board or as otherwise permitted in the Respiratory Care Practice Act.

The practice of respiratory care shall also include the terms "inhalation therapy" and "respiratory therapy". The practice of respiratory care shall not include the delivery, set-up, installation, maintenance, monitoring and the providing of instructions on the use of home oxygen and durable medical equipment.

Agendas & Minutes

Meeting Month Agenda (last modified) Results
October 2014 Agenda (10/20/2014)
August 2014 Agenda (08/13/2014) Results
April 2014 Agenda (04/15/2014) Results
February 2014 Agenda (02/05/2014) Results
October 2013 Agenda (10/07/2013) Results
August 2013 Agenda (08/13/2013) Results
April 2013 Agenda (04/24/2013) Results
February 2013 Agenda (02/05/2013) Results

Forms & Resources

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Allied Professionals Registration Click on the link to the left to fill out your Application for licensure Online. This is for New Licenses and Reinstatements only. A PDF containing the instructions may be downloaded below
Instructions for Application - updated August 2011.
Evidence of Status Form - New legislation took effect November 1, 2007, requiring the Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision to issue a license only to U.S. citizens, nationals and legal permanent resident aliens; and to applicants who present valid documentary evidence of: A valid, unexpired immigrant or nonimmigrant visa status for admission into the U.S.; A pending or approved application for asylum in the U.S.; Admission into the U.S. in refugee status; A pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the U.S.; Approved deferred action status; or A pending application for adjustment of status to legal permanent residence status or conditional resident status.

Applicants in the above six categories will only be eligible to receive a license card that is valid for the time period of their authorized stay in the U.S., or if there is no date of end to the time period of their authorized stay, for one year. The information will be verified through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program, operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

In order to verify citizenship or qualified alien status, applicants for licensure by endorsement or examination or for reinstatement of their license, must submit an Evidence of Status Form and the required supporting documentation with their application.

Oath and Photo Page - must accompany all new license applications.
Form 1 - Allied Verification of Education
Form 3 - Allied Verification of Licensure Certification
Form 5 - Verification of Supervision
Form 6 - Verification of Student Status
Form 8 - Allied Request for Verification of Credentials(updated October 2008)
Extended Background Check (EBC) Consent to Perform Criminal History Background Check in Compliance with the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act)
Continuing Education Approval Form - Last updated October 2006

Laws

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STATE OF OKLAHOMA
RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICE ACT
TITLE 59 O.S., SECTION 2026 - 2045 - Updated Nov. 1, 2013

Rules

Rules:OKLAHOMA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE TITLE 435. STATE BOARD OF MEDICAL LICENSURE AND SUPERVISION CHAPTER 45. RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTITIONER - Updated 8/26/2010

Policies

CONCURRENT THERAPY - Position Statement
CONSCIOUS SEDATION Position Statement.
RCP Teaching AUAPs and Participation in Competency Evaluations - Position Statements

Continuing Education Requirements

SECTION 2037.

F. The Board shall by rule prescribe continuing education requirements, not to exceed twelve (12) clock hours biennially, as a condition for renewal of license. The program criteria with respect thereto shall be approved by the Board.

435:45-5-1. Continuing education.

(a) The purpose of continuing education is to aid in maintaining competency in the advancing art and science of respiratory care. Continuing education is a variety of forms of learning experiences including, but not limited to, lectures, conferences, academic studies, in-services education, institutes, seminars, home study, Internet courses, and workshops taken by Respiratory Care Practitioners for licensure renewal. These learning experiences are meant to enhance the knowledge of the Respiratory Care Practitioner in direct and indirect patient care. Continuing education does not include basic education or training needed to become a licensed RCP.

(b) All program objectives, curricular content, presenter qualifications, and outcomes shall be subject to review. Contact hours will be determined based on program content, outcomes, and participant involvement.

(c) Respiratory Care Practitioner licenses shall be renewed every two years on or before the last day of the month in which initial licensure was granted.

(d) Regardless of the source, continuing education hours must be in clinical respiratory care or related areas of health care. The Board may consult with the Committee to resolve questions as to appropriate continuing education hours. The Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision shall be the final authority on acceptance of any educational activity requirements submitted by a licensee to meet the continuing education requirements.

(e) Licensees shall be responsible for submitting documentation of their continuing education unit activities to the Board upon request.

(f) Respiratory Care Practitioners must accrue twelve (12) CRCE (Continuing Respiratory Care Education) credits in each successive two year period (biennium) to maintain a license to practice in the state of Oklahoma. At least half of the required Continuing Respiratory Care Education hours must be directly related to clinical practice. Unless otherwise specified, one clock hour of direct instruction/training class time is equivalent to one continuing education unit.

(g) The Board shall accept American Medical Association (AMA) and America Osteopathic Association (AOA) credits. Other acceptable continuing education credits include all programs approved by, or where applicable the affiliates of, the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC); the American Thoracic Society (ATS); the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP); the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA); the American Lung Association (ALA); the American College of Cardiology (ACC); the American Heart Association (AHA); the American Nursing Association (ANA), American Red Cross and the American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

(h) Other agencies and professional organizations may be considered and approved for eligible continuing education credits upon review by the Chairman of the Committee with final approval by the Secretary of the Board. Those wishing to sponsor a program/meeting/class and receive approval for awarding CRCE credits must contact the Board and receive approval in advance. To apply toward satisfaction of the continuing education requirements, the following shall be submitted:

(1) The request shall be submitted in writing to the Board office at least thirty (30) days prior to the program. The Board shall give written notification of the approval or disapproval of the educational program or seminar.

(2) A request to be an eligible continuing education seminar or course shall include:

(A) Name of the seminar or course;

(B) Sponsoring party;

(C) Objective of the seminar or format and subjects of seminar or course;

(D) Number of hours resulting in CRCEs;

(E) Method for certification of attendance;

(F) Name and qualifications of the faculty; and

(G) Evaluation mechanism.

(i) RCPs who submit proof of successful completion of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) entry or the advanced practitioner credentialing examination or recredentialing examination may be granted continuing education credit as awarded by the American Association for Respiratory Care.

(j) Credits may be awarded for completion of continuing education processes in accordance with the following guidelines:

(1) Direct conference/lecture/classroom attendance - 1.0 CRCE per hour.

(2) Teleconference (audio only) - 0.5 CRCE per hour.

(3) Teleconference (audio with handouts or slides) - 1.0 CRCE per hour.

(4) Videoconference (live video) - 1.0 CRCE per hour.

(5) Video tape instruction/programs - 0.2 CRCE per hour.

(6) Correspondence journal/workbooks with test - 0.2 CRCE per subject.

(7) Interactive video instruction (computer) with test - 1.0 CRCE per subject.

(8) NBRC recredentialing examination (passing) - 6.0 CRCE per biennium.

(9) Resuscitation and life support courses – limit one of the following courses per compliance period:

(A) Advanced Cardiac Life Support – 6 CRCE;

(B) Neonatal Resuscitation Program – 6 CRCE;

(C) Pediatric Advanced Life Support – 6 CRCE;

(D) Advanced Trauma Life Support – 6 CRCE;

(E) Basic Life Support – 6 for initial certification; 3 for recertification.

(k) Audit/Verification. The Board staff will, each year, randomly or for cause select licensees to be audited for verification that continuing education requirements have been met.

(l) Compliance.

(1) Licensees selected for audit must submit verification of meeting the continuing education requirement.

(2) Failure to submit such records shall constitute an incomplete application and shall result in the application being returned to the licensee and the licensee being unable to practice.

(3) A license obtained through misrepresentation shall result in Board action.

Licensing Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I obtain written verification of a license?
    Send a written request with the fee of $25. Verifications that are accompanied by the appropriate fee are processed and mailed daily. If a request comes in without the fee it is forwarded to the business office for billing prior to being mailed.
  2. When will I get a renewal notice?
    Although there is no statutory requirement to give notice, the Board does mail renewal notices approximately sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of a license. All notices are mailed to the mailing address we have on file. Please keep the Board informed of your current mailing address at all times. If you did not receive a notice, contact the Board office and a duplicate will be sent. Within the next few months we will start mailing a reminder card thirty (30) days prior to license expiration if you have not renewed. Any renewal post-marked after the expiration date is considered late and the late fee will be required. Not receiving a notice is not grounds for waiving the late fee.
  3. When will I get a new wallet card?
    Renewals are posted daily as they arrive at the Board office. Each Monday, wallet cards are printed and mailed for everyone who renewed the previous week. If you submitted your payment and do not receive a new card within the next couple of weeks, contact the Board office. Please renew early in order to receive your new card prior to the old card expiring.

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