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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Jul 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 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 to help...
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Jul 22, 2018

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Club Staffing - New Orleans, LA

REQUIRED SKILLS: Must be RRT and have LA license # OF WEEKS: 13 SHIFT/HOURS: 6:45 am - 7:15 pm
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Jul 9, 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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Jul 9, 2018
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Concentric Healthcare Staffing - Scottsdale, AZ

One of Scottsdales nicest Hospitals , RRT needed , 13 weeks contract, 3 x 12 days, ACLS, BLS, PALS preferred, Start ASAP!!
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Jul 20, 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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Jul 21, 2018

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Triage Staffing Inc. - LA

Travel Respiratory Therapist New Orleans, LA Location: New Orleans, LA Start Date: 7/26/2018 Shift Details: TBD ( 12:00 AM-12:00 AM ) 40 hours per week Length: 8 weeks Apply for specific facility details. https://triagestaff.com/job-details/621215 REQUIREMENTS - At least 2+ years’ experience in Respiratory Therapist - 1+ year acute care experience - Current RRT certification -...
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Jul 21, 2018

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Therapists Unlimited - Warren, OH

RESPIRATORY THERAPIST - RT - LTAC FACILITYRespiratory Therapist (RT) is needed for a growing LTAC facility near the Boardman/Warren Ohio area!  Qualified therapists will have previous hospital experience and have a strong focus in patient care. In addition to our standard benefits, our healthcare professionals are preferred...
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Jul 9, 2018
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Concentric Healthcare Staffing - Lincoln, NE

Hospital , RRT needed , 13 weeks contract, 3 x 12 nights, ACLS, BLS, PALS preferred, Start ASAP!!
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Jul 21, 2018

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Triage Staffing Inc. - CA

Travel Respiratory Therapist Fall River Mills, CA Location: Fall River Mills, CA Start Date: 7/21/2018 Shift Details: 10H Days ( 7:00 AM-5:00 PM ) 40 hours per week Length: 13 weeks Apply for specific facility details. https://triagestaff.com/job-details/602045 REQUIREMENTS - At least 2+ years’ experience in Respiratory Therapist - 1+ year acute care experience - Current...
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Jul 21, 2018

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Triage Staffing Inc. - WI

Travel Respiratory Therapist Western Wisconsin Location: Western Wisconsin Start Date: 7/11/2018 Shift Details: 7:00 PM-7:00 AM Length: 13 weeks Apply for specific facility details. About The Job: - Great pay package - Pristine facility with cutting-edge equipment and technology - Quick-to-move placements (48 hours or less from presentation to interview) - Requires experience with...
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Jul 21, 2018

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Triage Staffing Inc. - IN

Travel Respiratory Therapist Indianapolis, IN Location: Indianapolis, IN Start Date: 7/21/2018 Shift Details: 7:00 PM-7:00 AM Length: 13 weeks Apply for specific facility details. https://triagestaff.com/job-details/598843 REQUIREMENTS - At least 2+ years’ experience in Respiratory Therapist - 1+ year acute care experience - Current RRT certification - Valid Indiana license ABOUT TRIAGE STAFFING...
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Jul 21, 2018

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Aya Healthcare - Traverse City, MI

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: RRT, Respiratory in Traverse City, Michigan. 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 you...
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Jul 9, 2018
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Concentric Healthcare Staffing - Largo, FL

Hospital , RRT needed , 13 weeks contract, 3 x 12 nights, ACLS, BLS, PALS preferred, Start ASAP!!
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Jul 9, 2018
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Concentric Healthcare Staffing - Cincinnati, OH

Hospital, RRT needed for a Children's Hospital Facility, 35- 40 Hrs a week, 13 week contract, BLS, PALS, NRP required. Start Date ASAP!!
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Jul 21, 2018

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Triage Staffing Inc. - WI

Travel Respiratory Therapist Antigo, WI Location: Antigo, WI Start Date: 9/3/2018 Shift Details: Variable 8hr Shifts ( 12:00 AM-12:00 PM ) 40 hours per week Length: 13 weeks Apply for specific facility details. https://triagestaff.com/job-details/607304 REQUIREMENTS - At least 2+ years’ experience in Respiratory Therapist - 1+ year acute care experience - Current RRT certification -...
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Jul 9, 2018
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Concentric Healthcare Staffing - Palo Alto, CA

Hospital, RRT needed for a Children's Hospital Facility, 35- 40 Hrs a week, 13 week contract, BLS, PALS, NRP required. Start Date ASAP!!
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Jul 21, 2018

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MedPro Healthcare Staffing - Mason City, IA

MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Sleep Lab Technologist 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...
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Jul 21, 2018

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Aya Healthcare - Syracuse, NY

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: RRT, Respiratory in Syracuse, New York. 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 you...
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Jul 21, 2018

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Aya Healthcare - Richmond, VA

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: RRT, Respiratory 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 you apply,...
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Jul 9, 2018
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Concentric Healthcare Staffing - Phoenix, AZ

We are in need of a day or night RRT who would be interested in a contract at the number one hospital in the valley. Candidates must have at least two years of experience within the hospital setting to be considered. Critcal care experience a huge plus!
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