Requirements for All Applications

These requirements pertain to all applications – including both new applications and reapplications – for Delaware licensure.

  • Enclose processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • If you now hold, or have ever held, a Respiratory Care Practitioner license in any jurisdiction other than Delaware, arrange for the Council office to receive a Verification of Respiratory Care Practitioner License form from each jurisdiction where you have held a license.
  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks. Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.
  • Complete, sign and submit the Delaware Child Protection Registry Request Form to the Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families following the instructions on the form.

Additional Requirements for Applications Other Than Reapplications

These requirements pertain to all applications for Delaware licensure other than reapplications. If you are re-applying for Delaware licensure that lapsed, see the Additional Requirements for Reapplications section below.

  • Submit an 8" X 11 1/2" copy of your Respiratory Care Practitioner diploma.
  • Arrange for the Council office to receive a Verification of Respiratory Care Practitioner Education form from each program you attended. The Council office must receive the completed form directly from the school.
  • Submit an 8 1/2" x 11" copy of your National Certifying Certificate.
  • Arrange for the Council office to receive a credential verification letter to be sent directly from the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) to the Council office. To request verification, follow the instructions on the NBRC website at Credentialed Practitioners.

Additional Requirements for Reapplications

These additional requirements apply only if you are re-applying for Delaware licensure that you previously held but which can no longer be renewed because it lapsed over three years ago. What you are required to submit depends on whether you have been actively practicing respiratory care outside Delaware in the three years before your reapplication.

IF you have…

THEN

AND you must submit proof that you…

not actively practiced respiratory care for the past three years

submit documentation from the NBRC that you have passed the NBRC Entry Exam during the two years before your reapplication

completed 20 hours of continuing education in the two years before your reapplication.

actively practiced respiratory care for the past three years

enter information about your active practice on the application.

For information on acceptable continuing education, see Section 8.0 of the Respiratory Practice Advisory Council Rules and Regulations.

Temporary Licensure

The temporary permit allows you to practice until the Respiratory Care Practice Advisory Council (Council) reviews your application and your permanent license is issued. A temporary permit is valid for 90 days and cannot be renewed.

To apply for a temporary permit…

  • Answer “yes” to Question 2 on the application form.
  • Enclose the temporary license fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” This fee is in addition to the processing fee for your application. However, you may combine the fees in one check or money order.

The Council office will review your application for a temporary permit when it receives all of the documentation required for permanent licensure except the credential verification letter from NBRC. In lieu of the letter, the council office will confirm your credentials electronically. If you meet all requirements, the Council office will issue the temporary permit.