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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Med Travelers - El Paso, TX

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LRS Healthcare - Lander, WY

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in Registered Resp 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 Registered...
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FlexCare Medical Staffing - Seattle, WA

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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FlexCare Medical Staffing - Seattle, WA

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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Club Staffing - Buffalo, NY

RRT needed for 13 weeks NY licensed Adults experience, BLS certification a must. ACLS a plus
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FlexCare Medical Staffing - Seattle, WA

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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FlexCare Medical Staffing - Indianapolis, IN

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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Cross Country Allied - Lander, WY

>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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Med Travelers - Del Rio, TX

SHIFT: TRAVELER #1 FOR 12 hour nights, 7p-7:30am, and every other weekend. On call is once or twice per week. TRAVELER #2 FOR: 12 hour days, 7a-7:30pm, and every other weekend. On call is once or twice per week.
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Med Travelers - El Paso, TX

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Med Travelers - Key West, FL

SHIFT: 1 DAYS (7a-7p) and 1 NIGHTS (7p-7a) *Must indicate preferred shift in submission
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LRS Healthcare - San Luis Obispo, CA

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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Med Travelers - San Pedro, CA

Respiratory Therapist needed for a 3 month assignment to start in November. #rrt1
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Club Staffing - West Palm Beach, FL

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Cross Country Allied - West Palm Beach, FL

>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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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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