Mission

The mission of the West Virginia Board of Respiratory Care is to provide oversight of the licensing of respiratory care practitioners in the State of West Virginia. The Board is responsible for providing guidelines for licensing requirements, renewal of licenses, continuing education requirements and investigation and/or prosecution of license violations. The governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, appoints the seven members of the Board. The Board consists of one lay citizen member; one practicing physician member currently licensed in West Virginia with board certification, clinical training, and experience in the management of pulmonary disease; and five members engaged in the practice of respiratory care for a period of five years immediately preceding their appointment.
 
The Board shall:
  • Provide public notice to all state hospitals and to persons practicing as respiratory care practitioners that a license shall be required to continue practicing as a respiratory care practitioner
  • Examine, license and renew the licenses of qualified applicants
  • Maintain a registry of persons licensed to practice respiratory care
  • Keep record of all board proceedings
  • Conduct hearings on charges that subject a licensee to disciplinary action
  • Maintain a registry of all persons who have had licenses suspended, revoked or denied
  • Maintain continuing education records
  • Approve training, continuing education and competency evaluation method