Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Job Description

Working as an RRT, you’ll be assisting and treating patients suffering from breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders. This can include lung cancer patients, victims of a heart attack or stroke, and even premature infants and people with asthma. Mostly, Registered Respiratory Therapists evaluate lung capacity, perform chest physiotherapy, and monitor patient cardiopulmonary systems using diagnostic equipment and other analytic procedures. Working with other medical professionals like physicians and nurses, RRTs examine patients of all ages with varying health conditions in terms of severity.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 report, RRTs median annual salaries were $57,790, with most professionals earning anywhere from $41,970 to $80,440 a year. From now until 2024, the projected job growth for RRTs is 12% — a rate that is much higher than most other professions!

Education Requirements for Becoming an RRT

To start, respiratory therapists need at least an associate’s degree for entry-level jobs, but some positions will require more advanced schooling and either a bachelor’s or master’s degree. The core education of an RRT consists of extensive courses in chemistry, biology, anatomy, and physiology. Some of the more advanced coursework students encounter includes cardiopulmonary diagnostics and pulmonary rehabilitation. Beyond this, the capstone requirements of most programs are that students receive clinical experience with respiratory therapy techniques under professional supervision.

Becoming an RRT also requires licensing requirements, as well as background checks in that many work with children and the elderly. A common requirement for licensure is receiving a certification from the https://www.nbrc.org/ (NBRC), an organization that offers two major licenses:

Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Credential - Covers knowledge of patient care, equipment handling, and quality control for those with at least an associate’s degree after passing the qualifying exam.

Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credential - Must be a CRT, meet the educational and experience requirements, and pass two exams. Covers topics in analysis, clinical procedures, and data collection.

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Jackson Therapy - Baltimore, MD

Respiratory Therapists are responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the treatment, care, and needs of patients with breathing disorders or cardiopulmonary problems. At Jackson, you’ll help facilities nationwide overcome shortages in patient services in 13-week assignments (and longer) in cities nationwide. Enjoy the stability, benefits & perks of...
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Aya Healthcare - Randallstown, MD

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: RRT, Respiratory / Neuro Diagnostics in Randallstown, Maryland. This is a 8 week contract position that requires at least one year of experience. Passionate and talented internal team members and clinicians have made Aya Healthcare an industry leader since 2001. Starting the day...
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Anders Group - Cheverly, MD

Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Cheverly, MD Start Date: 06/22/2020 Apply online or contact us ASAP for more information on this great opportunity! Anders Group is looking for a qualified Respiratory Therapist (RRT) to fill a current need in MD. This job requires 2+ years of recent experience for this 8 week assignment. Requirements Graduate...
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FlexCare Medical Staffing - Baltimore, MD

FlexCare is a nationwide leader in the staffing of travel nurses and clinicians. With access to thousands of facilities around the country, our mission is to deliver premier travel staffing solutions with integrity and transparency. FlexCare’s exceptional service and reputation make it one of the most awarded healthcare staffing...
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Fortus Healthcare Resources - Randallstown, MD

Fortus Healthcare Resources is seeking a Travel Respiratory RRT for an immediate opening in Randallstown, MD . When you join the Fortus team, you become part of our family, and we treat you as one of our own and look out for your best interests. For over 27 years, Fortus Healthcare Resources...
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Aya Healthcare - Lake City, FL

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: RRT, Respiratory / Neuro Diagnostics in Lake City, Florida. This is a 13 week contract position that requires at least one year of experience. Passionate and talented internal team members and clinicians have made Aya Healthcare an industry leader since 2001. Starting the...
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Jackson Therapy - Lebanon, PA

Respiratory Therapists are responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the treatment, care, and needs of patients with breathing disorders or cardiopulmonary problems. At Jackson, you’ll help facilities nationwide overcome shortages in patient services in 13-week assignments (and longer) in cities nationwide. Enjoy the stability, benefits & perks of...
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Jackson Therapy - Odessa, TX

Respiratory Therapists are responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the treatment, care, and needs of patients with breathing disorders or cardiopulmonary problems. At Jackson, you’ll help facilities nationwide overcome shortages in patient services in 13-week assignments (and longer) in cities nationwide. Enjoy the stability, benefits & perks of...
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Jackson Therapy - Charleston, SC

Respiratory Therapists are responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the treatment, care, and needs of patients with breathing disorders or cardiopulmonary problems. At Jackson, you’ll help facilities nationwide overcome shortages in patient services in 13-week assignments (and longer) in cities nationwide. Enjoy the stability, benefits & perks of...
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Jackson Therapy - Greenville, MS

Respiratory Therapists are responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the treatment, care, and needs of patients with breathing disorders or cardiopulmonary problems. At Jackson, you’ll help facilities nationwide overcome shortages in patient services in 13-week assignments (and longer) in cities nationwide. Enjoy the stability, benefits & perks of...
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Aya Healthcare - Wilkes-Barre, PA

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: RRT, Respiratory / Neuro Diagnostics in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. This is a 13 week contract position that requires at least one year of experience. Passionate and talented internal team members and clinicians have made Aya Healthcare an industry leader since 2001. Starting the day...
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Aya Healthcare - Wilkes-Barre, PA

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: RRT, Respiratory / Neuro Diagnostics in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. This is a 13 week contract position that requires at least one year of experience. Passionate and talented internal team members and clinicians have made Aya Healthcare an industry leader since 2001. Starting the day...
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Aya Healthcare - Lebanon, PA

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: RRT, Respiratory / Neuro Diagnostics in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. This is a 7 week contract position that requires at least one year of experience. Passionate and talented internal team members and clinicians have made Aya Healthcare an industry leader since 2001. Starting the day...
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Aya Healthcare - Richmond, VA

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: RRT, Respiratory / Neuro Diagnostics in Richmond, Virginia. This is a 13 week contract position that requires at least one year of experience. Passionate and talented internal team members and clinicians have made Aya Healthcare an industry leader since 2001. Starting the day...
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Aya Healthcare - Houston, TX

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: CRT, Respiratory / Neuro Diagnostics in Houston, Texas. This is a 6 week contract position that requires at least one year of experience. Passionate and talented internal team members and clinicians have made Aya Healthcare an industry leader since 2001. Starting the day...
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Aya Healthcare - Houston, TX

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: CRT, Respiratory / Neuro Diagnostics in Houston, Texas. This is a 6 week contract position that requires at least one year of experience. Passionate and talented internal team members and clinicians have made Aya Healthcare an industry leader since 2001. Starting the day...
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Aya Healthcare - Pearland, TX

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: CRT, Respiratory / Neuro Diagnostics in Pearland, Texas. This is a 6 week contract position that requires at least one year of experience. Passionate and talented internal team members and clinicians have made Aya Healthcare an industry leader since 2001. Starting the day...
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Aya Healthcare - Pearland, TX

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: CRT, Respiratory / Neuro Diagnostics in Pearland, Texas. This is a 6 week contract position that requires at least one year of experience. Passionate and talented internal team members and clinicians have made Aya Healthcare an industry leader since 2001. Starting the day...
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Aya Healthcare - Humble, TX

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: CRT, Respiratory / Neuro Diagnostics in Humble, Texas. This is a 6 week contract position that requires at least one year of experience. Passionate and talented internal team members and clinicians have made Aya Healthcare an industry leader since 2001. Starting the day...
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Aya Healthcare - Humble, TX

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: CRT, Respiratory / Neuro Diagnostics in Humble, Texas. This is a 6 week contract position that requires at least one year of experience. Passionate and talented internal team members and clinicians have made Aya Healthcare an industry leader since 2001. Starting the day...
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