Scope of Practice
The Board often receives questions regarding the RCP scope of practice. These are inquiries in which a licensed RCP or hospital may be looking for clarification regarding an RCP's duties or interpretation of the laws that govern the practice of RCPs. The Board has outlined a list of frequently asked questions for your review.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is the practice of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) within the scope of practice of a respiratory care practitioner?
The AARC's Clinical Practice Guidelines are a useful resource for specific respiratory care procedures. However, please note that in some instances the AARC's guidelines refer to "lay caregivers" or credentialed persons as appropriate personnel to perform certain tasks that conflict with California law. Therefore, the guidelines should not be used as a resource to determine personnel qualifications in performing certain tasks. Rather, the appropriate California licensing or certifying agency (not to be confused with private credentialing organizations) should be contacted, if applicable. If the guidelines refer to unlicensed personnel, readers may choose to contact the Board to determine if certain tasks require licensure as a respiratory care practitioner.
In addition, on June 24, 2016, the Board passed a motion to recognize and support the CSRC's white paper titled, "Position Statement Pertaining to Concurrent Therapy" for purposes of educating the public, licensees, and facilities that such practice is unsafe with potential harm to the public.
If you have further questions or need clarification regarding the scope of practice for a respiratory care practitioner, you may call the Board toll free at (866) 375-0386 or send your question by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.