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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FlexCare Medical Staffing - Oakland, CA

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FlexCare Medical Staffing - San Antonio, TX

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trustaff - San Antonio, TX

trustaff ALLIED is currently looking for a traveling Respiratory Therapist in San Antonio, Texas. This assignment is for an immediate start with a reputable facility for a 14-week contract. Salary: $31.00 per hour. Hours: Full time. This position starts immediately with guaranteed hours and day or night shifts for the full...
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trustaff - San Antonio, TX

trustaff ALLIED is currently looking for a traveling Respiratory Therapist in San Antonio, Texas. This assignment is for an immediate start with a reputable facility for a 14-week contract. Salary: $31.00 per hour. Hours: Full time. This position starts immediately with guaranteed hours and day or night shifts for the full...
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Convergence Medical Staffing - San Jose, CA

Call today to speak with a recruiter, 980-207-5000, or go online to complete a quick application at www.cmstaff.com.
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trustaff - El Paso, TX

trustaff ALLIED is currently looking for a traveling Respiratory Therapist in El Paso, Texas. This assignment is for an immediate start with a reputable facility for a 13-week contract. Salary: $33.00 per hour. Hours: Full time. This position starts immediately with guaranteed hours and day or night shifts for the full...
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trustaff - Lynchburg, VA

trustaff ALLIED is currently looking for a traveling Respiratory Therapist in Lynchburg, Virginia. This assignment is for an immediate start with a reputable facility for a 13-week contract. Salary: $38.00 per hour. Hours: Full time. This position starts immediately with guaranteed hours and day or night shifts for the full assignment....
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LRS Healthcare - Woodstock, VA

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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LRS Healthcare - Woodstock, VA

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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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 NIGHTS to join our existing top-notch team. If you`re a hard-working professional seeking adventure, LRS Healthcare is...
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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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LRS Healthcare - Wenatchee, 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 Respiratory Therapy to join our existing top-notch team. If you`re a hard-working professional seeking adventure, LRS Healthcare is...
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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 Resp Care Practitioner Therapist Reg to join our existing top-notch team. If you`re a hard-working professional seeking adventure,...
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trustaff - Marshfield, WI

trustaff ALLIED is currently looking for a traveling Respiratory Therapist in Marshfield, Wisconsin. This assignment is for an immediate start with a reputable facility for a 13-week contract. Salary: $38.00 per hour. Hours: Full time. This position starts immediately with guaranteed hours and day or night shifts for the full assignment....
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Triage Staffing LLC - Gardnerville, NV

Travel Respiratory Therapist Gardnerville, NVLocation:         Gardnerville, NVStart Date:       2/2/2020Shift Details:   12H Days ( 7:00 AM-7:00 PM )                  &...
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Triage Staffing LLC - Peoria, IL

Travel Respiratory Therapist Peoria, ILLocation:         Peoria, ILStart Date:       2/3/2020Shift Details:   12H Nights ( 7:00 PM-7:00 AM )                  &...
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Triage Staffing LLC - Peoria, IL

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Triage Staffing LLC - Port Charlotte, FL

Travel Respiratory Therapist Port Charlotte, FLLocation:         Port Charlotte, FLStart Date:       1/20/2020Shift Details:   12H Nights ( 7:00 PM-7:00 AM )                &...
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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 Days to join our existing top-notch team. If you`re a hard-working professional seeking adventure, LRS Healthcare is a...
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