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 National Board of Respiratory Care (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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May 22, 2018

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Anders Group - RENO, NV

Anders Group is looking for a qualified Registered Respiratory Therapist(RRT) to fill a current need in Reno, NV. This RRT should have 2+ years of recent experience for this 13 week assignment. The Respiratory Therapist will be responsible for setting up and operating devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration...
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May 22, 2018

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MedPro Healthcare Staffing - Clinton, IA

MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Respiratory Therapist for a contract with one of our top healthcare clients.Benefits of being a MedPro EmployeeThe MedPro Experience program – we embrace and celebrate all our healthcare professionals!Immediate access to the industry's best recruiters and...
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May 22, 2018

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Aya Healthcare - Yuma, AZ

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: Registered Therapist / RRT, Respiratory Therapy in Yuma, Arizona. This is a 12 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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May 22, 2018

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Aya Healthcare - Berkeley Heights, NJ

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: Registered Therapist / RRT, Respiratory Therapy in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. 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....
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May 22, 2018

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Aya Healthcare - Long Beach, CA

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: Registered Therapist / RRT, Respiratory Therapy in Long Beach, California. 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...
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May 22, 2018

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Aya Healthcare - Danville, IL

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: Registered Therapist / RRT, Respiratory Therapy in Danville, Illinois. 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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May 22, 2018

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Aya Healthcare - Danville, IL

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: Registered Therapist / RRT, Respiratory Therapy in Danville, Illinois. 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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May 22, 2018

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Aya Healthcare - Mansfield, OH

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: Registered Therapist / RRT, Respiratory Therapy in Mansfield, Ohio. 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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May 22, 2018

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Cross Country Allied - Boston, MA

Registered Respiratory Therapist / RRTAs one of the largest and most recognized providers of healthcare professionals, Cross Country Allied has the flexible RRT opportunities you want and the pay and benefits you deserve. Allied matches Registered Respiratory Therapists like you with top healthcare facilities in your area. Our current job openings...
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May 22, 2018

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CompHealth - Mountain View, CA

RT opportunity in California. Must demonstrate competency and regularly work in at least two (2) of the following core areas, one (1) of which must be Med/Surg (floors)/Emergency Department. * Med/Surg/Emergency Department * Pulmonary Lab-PFT primary * Perform ABG Analysis * Adult Critical Care * NICU/Peds * Sub Acute * Diagnostic Bronchoscopy * Advanced Pulmonary...
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May 18, 2018

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Aya Healthcare - Greenville, NC

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: Registered Therapist / RRT, Respiratory Therapy in Greenville, North Carolina. 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...
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May 18, 2018

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Aya Healthcare - Greenville, NC

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: Registered Therapist / RRT, Respiratory Therapy in Greenville, North Carolina. 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...
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May 21, 2018

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LRS Healthcare - Barrow, AK

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in Respiratory Therapist staffing. In partnering with many of the nation's largest and most prestigious healthcare facilities, as well as small community hospitals, the company has grown to become a leading provider of travel and temporary Respiratory Therapist...
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May 22, 2018

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MedPro Healthcare Staffing - West Palm Beach, FL

MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Respiratory Therapist for a contract with one of our top healthcare clients.Benefits of being a MedPro EmployeeThe MedPro Experience program – we embrace and celebrate all our healthcare professionals!Immediate access to the industry's best recruiters and...
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May 22, 2018

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LRS Healthcare - Washington, DC

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in Respiratory Therapist staffing. In partnering with many of the nation's largest and most prestigious healthcare facilities, as well as small community hospitals, the company has grown to become a leading provider of travel and temporary Respiratory Therapist...
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May 22, 2018

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Cross Country Allied - Columbus, OH

>Travel Registered Respiratory Therapist / RRTAs one of the largest and most recognized providers of healthcare professionals, Cross Country Allied has exciting Travel RRT opportunities you want and the pay and benefits you deserve.Our experienced recruiters match Registered Respiratory Therapists like you with top healthcare facilities throughout the country. Our...
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May 21, 2018
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Concentric Healthcare Staffing - Green Bay , WI

Hospital, RRT needed, 3x12 night shift , BLS, ACLS, 72 hrs. guaranteed biweekly planing for ICU unit. Start on September 18th!!!
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May 22, 2018

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MedPro Healthcare Staffing - Englewood, NJ

MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Respiratory Therapist for a contract with one of our top healthcare clients.Benefits of being a MedPro EmployeeThe MedPro Experience program – we embrace and celebrate all our healthcare professionals!Immediate access to the industry's best recruiters and...
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May 21, 2018

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LRS Healthcare - San Diego, CA

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in Respiratory Therapist - 12 hour variable shifts staffing. In partnering with many of the nation's largest and most prestigious healthcare facilities, as well as small community hospitals, the company has grown to become a leading provider of travel...
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May 22, 2018

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Anders Group - NORFOLK, VA

Anders Group is looking for a qualified Registered Respiratory Therapist(RRT) to fill a current need in Norfolk, VA. This RRT should have 2+ years of recent experience for this 13 week assignment. The Respiratory Therapist will be responsible for setting up and operating devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration...
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