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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Mar 13, 2019

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Preferred Healthcare Staffing - Sun City , AZ

Respiratory Therapist – Acute Care Acute Care Facilities in Sun City, AZ are looking for Respiratory Therapists to join their team for a 13-week travel assignment with the possibility to extend. Typical procedures performed in the unit include: medication administration, breathing treatments, oxygen management, ventilator management, and trach care management....
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Mar 24, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - South Bend, WA

Come work at LRS Healthcare, the leading company in our industry. We`re proud of our 4.7 rating on Glassdoor and 4.6 rating on Indeed. We are seeking to hire a talented traveling RRT to join our existing top-notch team. If you`re a hard-working professional seeking adventure, LRS Healthcare is a...
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Mar 22, 2019
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FlexCare Medical Staffing - Phoenix, AZ

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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Mar 24, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Burlingame, CA

Come work at LRS Healthcare, the leading company in our industry. We`re proud of our 4.7 rating on Glassdoor and 4.6 rating on Indeed. We are seeking to hire a talented traveling RT III - Travel - MPMC to join our existing top-notch team. If you`re a hard-working professional seeking...
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Mar 24, 2019

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Club Staffing - Panama City, FL

Job Description & RequirementsRegistered Respiratory Therapist - Neonatal Intensive Care - (RRT - NICU)StartDate: 04/08/2019Available Shifts: 12 N Pay Rate: $31.00 - 36.00START DATE: 4/8/2019 for 13 weeks. SHIFT: 7pm to 7am. REQUIRED SKILLS: RRT, NICU TRAINED THERAPIST (Level 2 or 3). Active Florida license. 2+ years of experience and 50 mile radius rule.Required QualificationsFlorida Licensed Registered...
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Mar 24, 2019

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Supplemental Health Care - Wellsboro, PA

Supplemental Health Care is a nationally recognized healthcare staffing provider, and we're currently partnering with a hospital in Wellsboro, PA to provide them with a Travel Respiratory Therapist. Assignment Details: - 13 weeks - Projected start date ASAP , also has a need for another starting in May - 12 hour Day shifts...
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Mar 22, 2019
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FlexCare Medical Staffing - Framingham, MA

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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Mar 24, 2019

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Supplemental Health Care - Cincinnati, OH

Supplemental Health Care is a nationally recognized healthcare staffing provider partnering with a Children's Hospital in the Cincinnati, Oh area. We are searching for a Travel Pediatric Registered Respiratory Therapist. Supplemental Health Care offers: - Est. $1,600/Week. (Based on Experience) - Shift (06:30pm -07:00am) - Full time - Benefits:...
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Mar 22, 2019
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FlexCare Medical Staffing - Los Gatos, CA

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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Mar 24, 2019

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Cross Country Allied - Kamuela, HI

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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Mar 22, 2019

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Cross Country Allied - Kamuela, HI

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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Mar 24, 2019

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Cross Country Allied - Allentown, PA

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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Mar 24, 2019

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Cross Country Allied - Potsdam, NY

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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Mar 22, 2019

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Cross Country Allied - Potsdam, NY

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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Mar 24, 2019

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Cross Country Allied - New Hyde Park, NY

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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Mar 22, 2019

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Cross Country Allied - New Hyde Park, NY

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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Mar 22, 2019

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Cross Country Allied - Allentown, PA

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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Mar 24, 2019

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Cross Country Allied - Bozeman, MT

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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Mar 22, 2019

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Cross Country Allied - Bozeman, MT

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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Mar 24, 2019

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Cross Country Allied - Baltimore, MD

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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