2-15-1750. Board of respiratory care practitioners. (1) There is a board of respiratory care practitioners. The board consists of five members appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate. Each member must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of this state. The governor may request advice from the Montana society for respiratory care in making appointments to the board.
(2) The board consists of:
(a) subject to subsection (3), three respiratory care practitioners, each of whom has engaged in the practice of respiratory care for a period of at least 3 years immediately preceding appointment to the board;
(b) one respiratory care practitioner who has engaged in the practice of respiratory care for at least 3 years immediately prior to appointment and who specializes in pulmonary functions or sleep studies; and
(c) one member of the public who is not a member of a health care profession.
(3) At least one of the members appointed under subsection (2)(a) must have passed the registry examination for respiratory therapists administered by the national board for respiratory care, and at least one of the members must have passed the entry-level examination for certified respiratory therapists administered by the national board for respiratory care.
(4) Members shall serve staggered 4-year terms.
(5) The board is allocated to the department of labor and industry for administrative purposes only as provided in 2-15-121.