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Who must be licensed as a respiratory care practitioner with the department.

This section identifies who must be licensed as a respiratory care practitioner with the department and who is exempt from licensure.
(1) Any person performing or offering to perform the functions authorized in RCW 18.89.040 must be licensed as a respiratory care practitioner. A certification, registration or other credential issued by a professional organization does not substitute for licensure as a respiratory care practitioner in Washington state.
(2) The following individuals are exempt from licensure as a respiratory care practitioner with the department:
(a) Any person performing or offering to perform the functions authorized in RCW 18.89.040, if that person already holds a current licensure, certification or registration that authorizes these functions;
(b) Any person employed by the United States government who is practicing respiratory care as a performance of the duties prescribed for him or her by the laws of and rules of the United States;
(c) Any person who is pursuing a supervised course of study leading to a degree or certificate in respiratory care, if the person is designated by a title that clearly indicates his or her status as a student or trainee and limited to the extent of demonstrated proficiency of completed curriculum, and under direct supervision;
(d) Any person who is licensed as a registered nurse under chapter 18.79 RCW;
(e) Any person who is practicing respiratory care without compensation for a family member.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.89.050(1). WSR 01-11-165, ยง 246-928-410, filed 5/23/01, effective 6/23/01.]
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