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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TaleMed - Chicago, IL

Respiratory Therapists (RT) assess and treat patients with acute and chronic cardiopulmonary issues. RTs work with patients of all ages from premature infants with underdeveloped lungs to senior citizens with COPD. TaleMed is one of the fastest-growing travel agencies in the US. This position spans 13 weeks with the possibility of...
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Jan 21, 2019

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Triage Staffing LLC. - Lafayette, IN

Travel Respiratory Therapist Lafayette, INLocation:         Lafayette, INStart Date:       1/27/2019Shift Details:   12H Nights ( 7:00 PM-7:00 AM )                  &...
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Jan 21, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Marathon, FL

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in Respiratory / Neuro Diagnostics 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 /...
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Jan 21, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Springdale, AR

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in Respiratory Therapist - Registered Respiratory The 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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Jan 21, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Boston, MA

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in RRT 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 RRT to help...
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Jan 21, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Boston, MA

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in RRT 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 RRT to help...
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Jan 21, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Boston, MA

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in RRT 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 RRT to help...
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Jan 21, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Oklahoma City, OK

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in RRT 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 RRT to help...
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Jan 21, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Allentown, PA

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in Cardiopulmonary 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 Cardiopulmonary to help...
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Jan 21, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Clinton, MD

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in Respiratory Therapist Reg 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...
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Jan 21, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Saint Louis, MO

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in RRT 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 RRT to help...
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Jan 7, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Allentown, PA

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in Cardiopulmonary 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 Cardiopulmonary to help...
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Jan 21, 2019

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Triage Staffing LLC. - Madison, WI

Travel Respiratory Therapist Madison, WILocation:         Madison, WIStart Date:       2/4/2019Shift Details:   TBD ( 12:00 AM-12:00 AM )                    &...
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Jan 21, 2019

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Triage Staffing LLC. - Omaha, NE

Travel Respiratory Therapist Omaha, NELocation:         Omaha, NEStart Date:       1/21/2019Shift Details:   Rotating Shifts ( 12:00 AM-12:00 PM )                   &...
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Jan 21, 2019

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Triage Staffing LLC. - Oklahoma City, OK

Travel Respiratory Therapist Oklahoma City, OKLocation:         Oklahoma City, OKStart Date:       2/12/2019Shift Details:   12H Days ( 7:00 AM-7:00 PM )                &...
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Jan 21, 2019

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Triage Staffing LLC. - Sterling, CO

Travel Respiratory Therapist Sterling, COLocation:         Sterling, COStart Date:       1/21/2019Shift Details:   12H Nights ( 7:00 PM-7:00 AM )                  &...
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Jan 21, 2019

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Triage Staffing LLC. - Allentown, PA

Travel Respiratory Therapist Allentown, PALocation:         Allentown, PAStart Date:       1/21/2019Shift Details:   12H Nights ( 7:00 PM-7:00 AM )                  &...
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Jan 16, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Baraboo, WI

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in Respiratory Therapist Registered (RRT) 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...
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Jan 21, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Peoria, IL

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in RT 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 RT to help...
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Jan 21, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Atmore, AL

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in Respiratory / Neuro Diagnostics 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 /...
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