The Board licenses respiratory therapy technicians, and respiratory therapists. It ensures that the respiratory care
practice professionals in New Mexico are properly trained and qualified to provide complex medical procedures in the
area of cardiopulmonary technology.
Requirements for licensure include successful passing of a national standards exam developed and administered by
the National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (NBRC). The NBRC maintains a Disciplinary Databank to which
licensing jurisdictions report final disciplinary actions taken against respiratory care practitioners. The Board checks
this databank for information on all licensure applicants as final qualifying criteria before issuing licenses. “Final
disciplinary action” refers to any action that has the effect of revoking, restricting, suspending, or otherwise adversely
affecting an RCP’s license, registration, certification, or any other such privilege to provide respiratory care services.