REQUIREMENTS/INFORMATION FOR LICENSE- RESPIRATORY THERAPIST
Access this form via website at: cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/programs/respiratory
DEFINITIONS No person shall practice as a respiratory therapist in this State unless the person is appropriately licensed.
"Licensed respiratory therapist" means a person who engages in the practice of respiratory care and uses the title
of licensed respiratory therapist; who has been issued a license pursuant to Chapter 466D, Hawaii Revised Statutes;
and whose license is in effect and not revoked, suspended, or encumbered. (Additional titles will be addressed in
the Respiratory Therapist rules).
"Practice of respiratory care" means providing assessment, therapy, management, rehabilitation, support services
for diagnostic evaluation, education, and care for patients with deficiencies and abnormalities that affect the
pulmonary system, including:
(1) Respiratory care services, including the administration of pharmacological, diagnostic, and
therapeutic care related to respiratory care procedures necessary for treatment, disease
prevention, rehabilitative, or diagnostic regimens prescribed by a physician;
(2) Observation and monitoring of signs, symptoms, reactions and physical responses to
respiratory care treatment and diagnostic testing;
(3) Diagnostic or therapeutic use of:
(A) Medical gases, excluding general anesthesia;
(B) Aerosols, humidification, environmental control systems, or invasive and
(C) Pharmacological care related to respiratory care procedures;
(D) Mechanical or physiological ventilatory support, including maintenance of
natural airways and insertion and maintenance of artificial airways;
(E) Cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and
(F) Respiratory protocol and evaluation or diagnostic and testing techniques
required for implementation of respiratory care protocols; and
(Additional clarification will be addressed in the Respiratory Therapist rules).
(4) The transcription and implementation of the written, verbal, and telecommunicated orders of
a physician pertaining to the practice of respiratory care.
Complete the on-line application form or print legibly in black ink. Sign and date the form. Submit with required
documents and fees. Failure to provide all requested information will delay the processing of your application.
Applicants are subject to meet all requirements in effect at the time of filing.
REQUIREMENTS The following information must be provided on the application:
• National Certification - Each applicant is required to have passed the Certified Respiratory Therapist
Examination (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist Examination (RRT) of the National Board for
Respiratory Care (NBRC). You may either attach the NBRC official verification letter to your application
(this is preferable to us) or you may request the NBRC to mail us your verification.
To obtain your verification information, please visit the NBRC website at: www.nbrc.org and click on
Phone No.: (913) 895-4900 Fax No.: (913) 895-4650
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OF LICENSES IN
A license through endorsement may be granted to applicants who hold CURRENT licenses in another state or
jurisdiction that are in good standing, provided that the program's requirements, at the time you were
licensed in that state, are equivalent or higher than Hawaii's.
In addition to the application and fee, you must:
Request a "Verification of License - Respiratory Therapist form (Form RT- 05) be completed by the states where you
are licensed and attach original with board's seal to your application form, or you may have them send it directly to
Hawaii. Complete the "Applicant Section" and send the form to your out-of-state agency.
NOTE: Some states charge a fee for this service. Contact your out-of-state agency for fee information.