Respiratory Care (RC)

Application Types

Respiratory Care Professional (RCP)

"Respiratory care professional" means a person who is licensed to practice the full range of services described in "Respiratory care", which means rendering or offering to render to individuals, groups, organizations, or the public any service involving the evaluation of cardiopulmonary function, the treatment of cardiopulmonary impairment, the assessment of treatment effectiveness, and the care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system.


Limited Permit Holders (L1 or L2)

L1 – A person issued a limited permit shall practice respiratory care only under the supervision of a respiratory care professional. A permit may be held for a maximum of three years, but not to exceed one year after the date of graduation from a respiratory care educational program. An applicant for a Limited Permit (L1) must provide proof of meeting one of the following requirements:

  • Is enrolled in and is in good standing in a respiratory care educational program that meets the requirements of rule 4761-4-01 of the Administrative Code; or

  • Is a graduate of a respiratory care educational program that meets the requirements of rule 4761-4-01 of the Administrative Code.

L2 – Is employed as a provider of respiratory care in this state and was employed as a provider of respiratory care in this state prior to March 14, 1989, as provided by division (B)(1)(b) of section 4761.05 of the Revised Code.  To renew, they must be in compliance with continuing education and supply proof of current employment. 


Criminal Offenses

Q: What must be disclosed on the application regarding arrest/criminal history?

A: If you have ever been arrested, charged, or convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony you must disclose the incident(s) on the application, regardless of whether the criminal records were subsequently sealed or expunged.  This includes serious traffic offenses such as reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, hit and run, evading a peace officer, failure to appear, and driving under suspension. Matters in which you were diverted, deferred, pardoned, or pled nolo contendere must also be disclosed.  If you are in doubt as to how to respond to the application questions, full and honest disclosure is recommended.

To verify your criminal history, the Board requires submission of fingerprints for a criminal records check completed by both the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Both entities maintain records, often beyond the time that courts keep them, and these records will be reported to the Board as a result of the criminal records check.

Failure to provide truthful responses to the questions on the application may result in disciplinary action up to, and including, permanent denial of your application.

Explanatory Statement Disqualifying Offense List 

Disqualifying Offense List 


Initial Application Fees

Application Respiratory Care Professional $75.00 

Application Limited Permit (L1) $20.00 

Application Limited Permit (L2) N/A   

Transaction fee $3.50

Duplicate Wall Certificate* $35.00

*Transaction fee is not applicable


Application Process and Requirements

The requirements for licensure as a Limited Permit Holder and a Respiratory Care Professional in Ohio are described in Section 4761-5-01, 4761-5-04 and 4761-6-01 of the Ohio Administrative Code.


Process and Requirements:

  • Submit an eLicense application by creating an account at

  • Applicants will be required to complete the application in its entirety and pay a non-refundable fee using a valid credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).

  • Applicants will be required to upload any required documents as a result of an affirmative answer provided in the Questions portion of the application, license specific certifications 

  • Must submit applicable credential exam results (see Examination Information section)

  • Applicants will be required to submit a background check

eLicense allows you to update your address. Name changes can be requested through eLicense via a service request. Click "options" after logging into eLicense to submit your changes. 

Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements at the time an application is submitted. Applications submitted by individuals who do not meet eligibility requirements are subject to denial by the board. Application fees are not refundable and an applicant will be required to reapply once eligibility requirements can be met.


Examination Information

An applicant for an initial Respiratory Care Professional license must have successfully completed both examinations (TMC and CSE) required to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Examination information may be obtained from:

National Board for Respiratory Care

10801 Mastin Street, Suite 300

Overland Park, KS 66210

Telephone:  913-895-4900

Fax: 913-712-9283


Request FBI and Ohio BCI Background Record Checks

The board strongly encourages prospective applicants to complete their background checks as soon as they know that they will be applying for Ohio licensure. There is no need to wait until an application is submitted to start the background check process. The board will retain the background check results for up to one year upon receiving them. Once an application has been submitted to the board, its status will be updated to reflect receipt of the results.

  • All initial and reinstatement applications for licensure are required to complete an FBI and Ohio BCI criminal records check. View instructions in the background check packet or by watching the instructional video below.

  • Results MUST be sent directly from the vendor to the State Medical Board of Ohio; the Board will not accept results from the applicant or a third party.

​Please note: the Medical Board is unable to confirm receipt of background checks or other supporting documents prior to an application being submitted. 

Once an application has been submitted, any documents that have been previously received will be attached to the application. In order to efficiently process your application, please do not submit or email documents to the board that are not specifically required as part of the application. Board staff will contact you directly in the event that further information or additional documentation is necessary to process your application. Please allow the board 10 business days to perform an initial review of your application. After that time, you may check the status of your application by logging into eLicense and navigating to your license application. Select the Options tab and the Review Status option. Any outstanding items will be listed in the ‘Comments’ section at the bottom of the page.


Board Meetings

A list of board meetings can be found here. Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.


Respiratory Care Advisory Council

For more information on the Advisory Council, please click here.


Forms and Helpful Links


L1 Limited Permit Verification of Education Form

Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4761

Ohio Administrative Code 4761