Requirements; prohibitions; intern in respiratory care.
Every person who wishes to practice respiratory care in this State must:
A high school diploma; or
A general equivalency diploma or an equivalent document;
Complete an educational program for respiratory care which has been approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or its successor organization or the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care or its successor organization;
Pass the examination as an entry-level or advanced practitioner of respiratory care administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care or its successor organization;
Be certified by the National Board for Respiratory Care or its successor organization; and
Be licensed to practice respiratory care by the Board and have paid the required fee for licensure.
Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, a person shall not:
Practice respiratory care; or
Hold himself or herself out as qualified to practice respiratory care,Ê in this State without complying with the provisions of subsection 1.
Any person who has completed the educational requirements set forth in paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection 1 may practice respiratory care pursuant to a program of practical training as an intern in respiratory care for not more than 12 months after completing those educational requirements.