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Oregon Health Licensing Agency: Agency Subdivisions

The Veterans' Building in Salem houses various state offices that license health regulated professions. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Veterans' Building in Salem houses various state offices that license health regulated professions. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

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The following volunteer citizen boards are under the agency’s administrative oversight.

 

Board of Athletic Trainers

Web: www.oregon.gov/OHLA/AT
Statutory Authority: ORS 688.701–688.734


Duties and Responsibilities: Oregon law requires athletic trainers to be registered and meet state-established professional standards. This governor-appointed board oversees regulation of athletic training and consists of three practicing athletic trainers, one physician and one public member. Athletic trainers prevent, recognize and evaluate athletic injuries and provide immediate care, rehabilitation and reconditioning services to athletes.

 

Board of Body Art Practitioners

Web: www.oregon.gov/OHLA/BAP
Statutory Authority: ORS 690.350–690.992


Duties and Responsibilities: To address public health and safety concerns about emerging body art practices, the 2011 Legislature established the Board of Body Art Practitioners to advise OHLA on the regulation of body piercing, dermal implanting, electrology, scarification and tattooing. Board members are appointed by the governor to four-year terms. There are seven members: two licensed to perform tattooing; two licensed to perform body piercing, dermal implanting or scarification; one licensed to perform electrolysis; one licensed to practice medicine, nursing or naturopathic medicine; and one public member.

 

Board of Cosmetology

Web: www.oregon.gov/OHLA/COS
Statutory Authority: ORS 690.005–690.992


Duties and Responsibilities: This governor-appointed board regulates cosmetology practices. The board is made up of six certified practitioners and one public member. Cosmetologists earn certification in one or more of four individual fields of practice: barbering, hair design, esthetics and nail technology.

 

The Veterans' Building in Salem houses various state offices that license health regulated professions. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Veterans' Building in Salem houses various state offices that license health regulated professions. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Board of Denture Technology

Web: www.oregon.gov/OHLA/DT
Statutory Authority: ORS 680.500–680.990


Duties and Responsibilities: This governor-appointed, Senate-confirmed board oversees the licensing of denturists. The board consists of four denturists, one dentist and two public members. Denturists construct, repair, reline, reproduce, duplicate, supply, fit or alter removable prosthetic dental appliances, otherwise known as dentures.

 

Board of Licensed Dietitians
Web: www.oregon.gov/OHLA/LD
Statutory Authority: ORS 691.405
Duties and Responsibilities: The Board of Licensed Dietitians was created in 1989 and became part of OHLA in 2011. The board oversees the practice of licensed dietitians by determining the qualifications of applicants for licensure and setting standards of practice.

 

Environmental Health Registration Board

Web: www.oregon.gov/OHLA/EHS
Statutory Authority: ORS 700.005–700.995


Duties and Responsibilities: This governor-appointed board oversees the regulation of environmental health specialists and waste water specialists. The board consists of four registered environmental health specialists, one physician licensed in Oregon to practice medicine or surgery who has an emphasis in public health, one representative of the food or food/alcoholic beverage retail industry and one public member. Environmental health specialists promote the control of infectious disease through environmental hygiene by enforcing health and safety standards relating to food, water and consumer products.

The Veterans' Building in Salem houses various state offices that license health regulated professions. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Veterans' Building in Salem houses various state offices that license health regulated professions. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Advisory Council on Hearing Aids

Web: www.oregon.gov/OHLA/HAS
Statutory Authority: ORS 694.015–694.991


Duties and Responsibilities: This governor-appointed council oversees the licensing of hearing aid specialists. The council consists of four individuals authorized to dispense hearing aids, one licensed physician certified in otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat), one certified audiologist and one public member who is a consumer of hearing aids. With the exception of audiologists and physicians, anyone who sells, leases or rents hearing aids in conjunction with the evaluation or measurement of human hearing must be licensed.

 

Board of Direct Entry Midwifery

Web: www.oregon.gov/OHLA/DEM
Statutory Authority: ORS 687.405–687.991


Duties and Responsibilities: This governor-appointed, Senate-confirmed board oversees the regulation of direct entry midwifery. The board consists of four licensed direct entry midwives, two certified nurse midwives, one licensed physician who is involved at the time of appointment in obstetrical care or education, and one public member. Licensure is voluntary, and unlicensed midwives may practice in Oregon. However, state law allows reimbursement under the Oregon Health Plan only if a licensed midwife provides birthing assistance.

 

Nursing Home Administrators Board

Web: www.oregon.gov/OHLA/NHAB
Statutory Authority: ORS 678.800


Duties and Responsibilities: This governor-appointed, Senate-confirmed board consists of three nursing home administrators, one registered nurse, one physician, one pharmacist and two public members. The board develops and enforces standards for nursing home administrators and formulates appropriate examinations.

 

The Veterans' Building in Salem houses various state offices that license health regulated professions. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Veterans' Building in Salem houses various state offices that license health regulated professions. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board

Web: www.oregon.gov/OHLA/RTPT
Statutory Authority: ORS 688.800–688.995


Duties and Responsibilities: This governor-appointed, Senate-confirmed board regulates the licensing of respiratory therapists and polysomnographic technologists. The board consists of three respiratory therapists, two polysomnographic technologists, one qualified medical director for polysomnography or respiratory care, and one public member.


Respiratory therapists, or respiratory care practitioners, provide services to patients with abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system—or breathing disorders—under the direction of a licensed physician. Polysomnographic technologists provide treatment, management, diagnostic testing, education and care of patients with disorders related to sleep.

 

Sex Offender Treatment Board

Web: www.oregon.gov/OHLA/SOTB
Statutory Authority: ORS 675.360–675.410


Duties and Responsibilities: This governor-appointed board provides certification for clinical sex offender therapists and associate sex offender therapists. The board consists of seven members: two are recommended by the Oregon Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, two are recommended by the Oregon Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment Network, one is recommended by the Oregon Association of Community Corrections Directors, one is recommended by the Oregon Juvenile Department Directors Association and one is recommended by a victims’ advocacy organization. Clinical and associate sex offender therapists provide services for the treatment and rehabilitation of sex offenders.

 

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