Respiratory Therapist

Education Required

Respiratory therapists are required to be licensed in all states except Alaska, where national certification is recommended. Licensure requirements vary but usually include passing a state or professional certification exam. For specific requirements, contact a state’s health board. The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) is the main certifying body for respiratory therapists. The Board offers two levels of certification: Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Candidates typically sit for the CRT exam. After successful completion, CRTs may take an additional exam to earn RRT certification. Some employers require that candidates earn RRT certification before being hired or within a specified amount of time on the job.

Career Setting

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A respiratory therapist is a healthcare professional who specializes in the assessment, treatment, and management of patients with respiratory disorders. They work under the direction of physicians to provide care and support to individuals of all ages with breathing difficulties. Click to explore more occupational details:

Respiratory Therapist