REGISTERED RESPIRATORY THERAPIST

Registered Respiratory Therapists perform the same job duties as the Certified Respiratory Therapist but are more involved in the development and implementation of protocols and treatment plans, health promotion, disease prevention and disease management.

EDUCATION REQUIRED
  • The first pathway includes an associate degree from an accredited education program, 4 years of full-time, supervised experience in respiratory therapy and 62 hours of college coursework, including classes in mathematics, chemistry, physics, microbiology, anatomy and physiology. 

  • The second pathway includes an associate degree with 2 years of full-time, supervised experience, and possessing the certified respiratory therapist credential. 

  • The third pathway includes a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than respiratory care, with 62 hours of college coursework in mathematics, chemistry, physics, microbiology, anatomy, and physiology and 2 years of full-time clinical experience. 

  • After meeting one of these requirements, certified respiratory therapists must submit an application and fee and pass a credentialing exam.

PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT
  • Hospitals

  • Nursing Homes

  • Assisted Living

SALARY RANGE

$19.41 - $28.92

For more information on this program, visit the Education page

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