Board Information

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Montana, all Montana Department of Labor & Industry offices are closed to the public to protect the health and safety of our clients and staff.  Our services are available through remote delivery.  We are available to assist customers through our online public portal at EBIZ.MT.GOV/POL (Professional and Occupational Licenses) and EBIZ.MT.GOV (for Permits). For other services, please contact us via email at DLIBSDWEBHELP@MT.GOV or by phone (406) 841-2300.

 

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Welcome to the Montana Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners

The Montana Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners is pleased to make this web site available to share licensing and regulatory information with you.

Respiratory Care Practitioners provide treatment, evaluation, monitoring and management of patients with breathing disorders or cardiovascular problems.For specific statutory or administrative rule provisions, please go to the "Regulations" tab at left and follow the links provided.

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The Montana Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners recently changed their continuing education rules. Click here to read the December 2019 newsletter for more information.

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On this website, you can find information about the requirements to become licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in Montana. You also can verify who is already licensed via the Department's free, public, Licensee Lookup service.

This website also is your portal to statutory and regulatory requirements regarding the Board of Respiratory Care, as well as information about board meetings (including agendas and minutes from past meetings) and a section on frequently asked questions.

You can start your search for information by either selecting a tab in the left hand area of the page or a "quick link" on the right side. 

The Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners makes every effort to include relevant and current information pertaining to licensing and regulation on our web site. 

 

Contact Information

Thank you for your interest in contacting the Montana Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners.

 

If you are already licensed, have applied for a license, are about to apply for a license, or are renewing your license from the Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners:

Professional Licensing Customer Service:

(406) 444-6880

DLIBSDHELP@MT.GOV

 

If you have scope of practice questions or comments for the Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners:

Missy Poortenga, Executive Officer

(406) 841-2380

DLIBSDRCP@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about continuing education:

(406) 444-5696

AUDIT@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about filing a complaint against a licensee:

(406) 841-2312

DLIBSDCOMPLAINTS@MT.GOV


Mailing Address:

Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners

PO Box 200513

Helena, MT 59620-0513

 

Physical Address:

Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners

301 S. Park Avenue

4th Floor

Helena, MT 59620



Board Events

Board meetings are usually held twice a year, in February and August. Please use the link provided below to see the most recent meeting information.

Meeting minutes are posted within 3 days of board approval.

In general, Board meetings are open to the public.
There are certain meetings or parts of meetings (Screening Panel and Executive Session) that are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation. Members serve 4 year terms with no limit on the number of terms a member may serve.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at dlibsdrcp@mt.gov. In your message please specify which board member you would like to contact. For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at http://boards.mt.gov/.

Justin O'Brien, Public Member  
William Carmichael, Respiratory Care Practitioner
Tony Miller, Respiratory Care Practitioner (Sleep studies specialist)
Leonard Bates, Respiratory Care Practitioner
Rusty Davies, Respiratory Care Practitioner

Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

Clinical Practice Guidelines

American Association For Respiratory Care Position Statements

American Association for Respiratory Care

License Information

Individuals who want to practice respiratory care in Montana must apply to the Montana Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners for licensure.  The Board evaluates the applicant’s fitness to practice and assures the basic requirements are met.


Public or Licensee Inquiries

Licensees can find license renewal information in this section and mailing lists of licensees may be purchased here.

You can learn who is licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioners in Montana by searching our Licensee Lookup system

Respiratory Care Practitioner

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the license application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

A. Application Fee: $100.00 - All Fees are Non-Refundable

B. Education Requirements:
(i) High school or the equivalent; and
(ii) A respiratory care educational program accredited or provisionally accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

C. Examination Information: Please contact the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) for exam dates and prerequisites.

D. Renewal Period: March 3 - May 1
Late Renew Online for 45 days until June 16

E. Renewal Fee: Active and Late $75 / Inactive $50

F. Continuing Education Requirements:24 hours May 1 even numbered years (biennially) completed in the preceding 24 months. One continuing education unit (ce unit) is equivalent to 50 minutes in length.

G. Other Special License Requirements: Copy of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) certificate is required.

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Statute/Rule Information

The Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners regulates the occupation by establishing standards for licensure and practice, and adopting policies to strengthen the practice.  Respiratory Care Practitioners should be aware of their obligations under Montana law and administrative rule. 

The Montana Code Annotated (MCA) includes the laws passed by the Legislature that govern this profession. Professional and Occupational Licensing Laws can be found in Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3.  Known as the Uniform Regulatory Act, these statutes were passed in 1995. 

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) are often referred to as regulations.  The Board adopts administrative rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. The Board follows a process defined in law, the Montana Administrative Procedures Act, when they are proposing new rules or making changes to existing rules to ensure public participation.  The Board files a public notice in the Montana Administrative Register (MAR) on any proposed rule changes or new rules.  You can keep track of any rule changes by viewing MAR online.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version. In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this web site. A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State, by calling (406) 444-2055. A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana

FAQ’s CONCERNING ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

Administrative Rules

Rules Notices

Click here to find rules notices older than one year at the Montana Secretary of State website.


MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-309

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.402 definitions and the adoption of New Rule I applicants with criminal convictions

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT AND ADOPTION
(published October 9, 2020)


MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-308

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.417 registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
published May 29, 2020

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
effective July 25, 2020


MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE RULES (MAR) 24-213-22

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.213.2101 continuing education requirements, 24.213.2104 acceptable continuing education, 24.213.2121 waiver of continuing education requirement, and the repeal of 24.213.2107 traditional education by nonsponsored organizations, 24.213.2111 teaching, 24.213.2114 papers, publications, journals, exhibits, videos, independent study, and college course work

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT AND REPEAL

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT AND REPEAL
Effective December 7, 2019


MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE RULES (MAR) 24-213-21

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.213.403 abatement of renewal fees and 24.213.2101 continuing education requirements

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
Effective June 8, 2019

Statutes

Complaint Information

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry and Professional and Occupational Licensing Boards are charged with taking appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. To learn more about the complaint process or to file a complaint, please visit our Complaint Information page.

How to File a Complaint

FAQ

 

You can use the "Apply for a License" Quick Link at the right to register for an account on the Department's "eBiz" electronic commerce site and begin an online license application. You also can download an application form here.

Please use the "Change Address" Quick Link on the right to notify the Board of an address change. If you have an account on the Department's "eBiz" website (with a unique User Name and Password) you can change your address via that account. You also can notify the Board via e-mail using the "E-mail the Board" Quick Link on the right.

Name changes must be requested in writing with legal documentation of the name change included (marriage license, divorce decree, etc.). Once the change is made, you can access and print an updated license certificate by logging into the Department's "eBiz" website (the same one you can use to renew your license) and seeking your license in the "Health Care Licensing" tab.

All RCP licenses expire May 1 and must be renewed each year.
 

You can access and print your license certificate by logging into the Department's "eBiz" website (the same one you can use to renew your license.) Once in the site, you can find your license in the "Health Care Licensing" tab. Then look for the link to print your license.

If you cannot access the "eBiz" website, send the board office a written request for another license along with a $5.00 fee.

You will have up to two years to renew and will need to pay the renewal fees and late fees and submit continuing education. If you do not renew your license within two years following the expiration date, your license will "terminate" and cease to exist.

Your license will "terminate" (cease to exist.) If you still desire to be licensed in Montana following license termination, you will have to submit a new application for licensure.

Go to the "Board Information” tab on this website and then click the link for “Scheduled and Proposed Board Meetings."

Contact the Board office by phone at 406-841-2360 or by e-mail at dlibsdrcp@mt.gov. You can suggest or request that an item be placed on the agenda and can ask questions about licensure, renewal or anything else regarding the Board.

You can go directly to the License Lookup System.  This site is a primary source for verification of licensed individual’s credentials.

You can go directly to the License Download System.  This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division by using a credit/debit card.

Licensure requirements can be found under the License Information tab of this website. Applications can also be found under this tab as well.

The National Board for Respiratory Care is the national entity for testing and certification of respiratory therapists. The American Association for Respiratory Care is the national professional organization for respiratory therapists and RCP's.

Continuing education for licensees is due at licensure renewal every even-numbered year. The Board requires 24 continuing education credits be completed by the renewal deadline. Application for course or program approval can be made through a letter of request to the Board to review the course or program. If requesting approval, please include a copy of the course outline or agenda, brochure, and resume of the presenters along with any information on course or program objectives. Incomplete applications for course or program approval will not be processed until all required information is received.

National certification is handled by the NBRC. You should check with that organization about its policies, rules and standards. In order to practice respiratory care in Montana, you must have a Montana license.

Verifications are normally processed within five days of the date of request.  To request a written verification from the Board, please go to “license verification request” under the “Services/Links” tab.

The National Board for Respiratory Care offers a national exam accepted by the Board; you can reach them at their website, www.nbrc.org, or by phone at 883-341-4811.