Credentials and Licensure for Respiratory Therapists: NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Respiratory Therapist Credentials & Licensure


Credentials for Respiratory Therapists:

The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) is the credentialing board for all Respiratory Therapists in the U.S.A. Credentials held from the NBRC are valid across the United States. Respiratory Therapists must maintain active credentials with the NBRC. 

Graduates holding the A.A.S. in Respiratory Therapy from NWACC are eligible for credentialing by NBRC.

Obtaining the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential is a two-step process with the NBRC.

  • Step one: successfully pass the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) exam at the high-cut score. 
  • Step two: successfully complete the Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE).

Passing the TMC at the low-cut score will result in the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential only. A candidate must pass at the high-cut score to take the CSE and complete the RRT credential. The RT program at NWACC prepares graduates to earn the RRT credential. 


Licensure for Respiratory Therapists:

Respiratory Therapists must be credentialed by the National Board for Respiratory Care and licensed by individual state regulatory agencies governing medical professionals to practice Respiratory Therapy.