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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CompHealth - Fort Wayne, IN

This opportunity is available for a Respiratory Therapist in Indiana for a 13 week assignment. Combination of settings, candidates with generalist experience are desired. Call today to learn more!ASAP start date12 hour shifts13 weeksWe provide complimentary housing and travelWe arrange and cover costs for licensing and malpracticeWe simplify the credentialing...
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Therapists Unlimited - Oklahoma City, OK

RESPIRATORY THERAPIST | RT We are hiring Respiratory Therapists for opportunities all around Oklahoma! Qualified therapists will have previous experience in their preferred setting, and have a strong focus in patient care. In addition to our standard benefits, our healthcare professionals are preferred in a number of facilities and hospitals in...
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Therapists Unlimited - Dallas, TX

RESPIRATORY THERAPIST | RT We are hiring Respiratory Therapists for opportunities in and around Dallas, TX! Qualified therapists will have previous experience in their preferred setting, and have a strong focus in patient care. In addition to our standard benefits, our healthcare professionals are preferred in a number of facilities and...
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Preferred Healthcare Staffing - LOS GATOS, CA

Respiratory Therapist – Acute Care Acute Care Facilities in Los Gatos, CA 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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Triage Staffing Inc. - Boston, MA

Travel Respiratory Therapist Boston, MALocation:         Boston, MAStart Date:       11/13/2018Shift Details:   12H Nights ( 7:00 PM-7:00 AM )                  &...
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FlexCare Medical Staffing - Burlingame, 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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Med Travelers - Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield, CA acute hospital is seeking several RRT's for assignment. ACLS, BLS, NRP, PALS, RRT, and CA license.
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Med Travelers - Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield, CA acute hospital is seeking several RRT's for assignment. ACLS, BLS, NRP, PALS, RRT, and CA license.
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Convergence Medical Staffing - Atlanta, GA

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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Convergence Medical Staffing - Las Vegas, NV

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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LRS Healthcare - Galesburg, IL

Galesburg IL Galesburg Cottage Hospital 6171: Respiratory Therapy Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT Respiratory Therapy 6:00 PM - 6:30 AM Parallon Open
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Nov 12, 2018

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LRS Healthcare - Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati OH The Christ Hospital Respiratory Therapy Cardiopulmonary Respiratory Therapy Days, 12 hr shifts, every 3rd weekend, no call Medefis5 Open
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LRS Healthcare - Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati OH The Christ Hospital Respiratory Therapy Cardiopulmonary Respiratory Therapy Nights, 12 hr shifts, every 3rd weekend, no call Medefis5 Open
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Preferred Healthcare Staffing - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Respiratory Therapist – Acute Care Acute Care Facilities in Fort Lauderdale, FL 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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Oct 31, 2018

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FlexCare Medical Staffing - La Plata, MD

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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Preferred Healthcare Staffing - Santa Maria, CA

Respiratory Therapist – Acute Care Acute Care Facilities in Santa Maria, CA 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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MedPro Healthcare Staffing - Baltimore, MD

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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Triage Staffing Inc. - Bakersfield, CA

Travel Respiratory Therapist Bakersfield, CALocation:         Bakersfield, CAStart Date:       11/13/2018Shift Details:   12H Days ( 7:00 AM-7:00 PM )                  &...
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Triage Staffing Inc. - Chicago, IL

Travel Respiratory Therapist Chicago, ILLocation:         Chicago, ILStart Date:       11/19/2018Shift Details:   12H Days ( 7:00 AM-7:00 PM )                  &...
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Triage Staffing Inc. - Santa Maria, CA

Travel Respiratory Therapist Santa Maria, CALocation:         Santa Maria, CAStart Date:       11/13/2018Shift Details:   12H Nights ( 7:00 PM-7:00 AM )                &...
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