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Respiratory Therapy Technology: The National Board for Respiratory Care


Respiratory Therapy Technology program graduates receive a respiratory care associate degree which qualifies them to take the examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Students may become certified by taking the Entry Level Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Upon successful completion of the Certification (CRT) Exam, the graduate is eligible to take both parts of the Registry (RRT) Exams. To work in the state of Georgia, all respiratory care practitioners must apply and be granted a license. The only way to obtain a license is to pass at least the Entry Level Certification Exam.

National Board for Respiratory Care

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The National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (NBRC) is a voluntary health certifying board which was created in 1960 to evaluate the professional competence of respiratory therapists. A group of Chicago physicians and therapists recognized the need to formalize the training and registration of practitioners involved in the care and support of patients with respiratory disorders.


The Entry Level CRT Examination is now known as the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC). The TMC is intended to measure the knowledge and skills required of Respiratory Therapists, as well as determine eligibility for the Clinical Simulation Examination. More information about the exam, including admission requirements, cut off scores, licensing information, and a self-assessment exam can be found by visiting the National Board for Respiratory Care webpage

RRT Credential

Those who pass the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination at the higher cut score and pass the Clinical Simulation Examination are awarded the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. For more information on these exams, including cut scores, licensing information, and a Self-Assessment Examination, visit National Board for Respiratory Care webpage.