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 - Orlando, FL

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LRS Healthcare - Demorest, GA

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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Pulse Clinical Alliance - Midland, TX

Pulse Clinical Alliance is a Healthcare Consultancy offering exciting Travel, Per Diem, Locums, and Long-term Assignments in Nursing, Allied Health, Advanced Practice and CRNAs. We currently have open positions in Cardiopulmonary Respiratory Therapy Midland TX with an approximate start date of 11/18/2019.
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Pulse Clinical Alliance - Wenatchee, WA

Pulse Clinical Alliance is a Healthcare Consultancy offering exciting Travel, Per Diem, Locums, and Long-term Assignments in Nursing, Allied Health, Advanced Practice and CRNAs. We currently have open positions in Cardiopulmonary Respiratory Therapy Wenatchee WA with an approximate start date of 12/09/2019.
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Pulse Clinical Alliance - Hamilton, MT

Pulse Clinical Alliance is a Healthcare Consultancy offering exciting Travel, Per Diem, Locums, and Long-term Assignments in Nursing, Allied Health, Advanced Practice and CRNAs. We currently have open positions in Cardiopulmonary Respiratory Therapy Hamilton MT with an approximate start date of 12/16/2019.
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LRS Healthcare - Grand Junction, CO

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Pulse Clinical Alliance is a Healthcare Consultancy offering exciting Travel, Per Diem, Locums, and Long-term Assignments in Nursing, Allied Health, Advanced Practice and CRNAs. We currently have open positions in Cardiopulmonary Respiratory Therapy Gunnison CO with an approximate start date of 11/15/2019.
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Pulse Clinical Alliance is a Healthcare Consultancy offering exciting Travel, Per Diem, Locums, and Long-term Assignments in Nursing, Allied Health, Advanced Practice and CRNAs. We currently have open positions in Cardiopulmonary Respiratory Therapy Helena MT with an approximate start date of 12/02/2019.
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LRS Healthcare - Demorest, GA

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Pulse Clinical Alliance - Clarksville, TN

Pulse Clinical Alliance is a Healthcare Consultancy offering exciting Travel, Per Diem, Locums, and Long-term Assignments in Nursing, Allied Health, Advanced Practice and CRNAs. We currently have open positions in Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) RESPIRATORY THERAPY Clarksville TN with an approximate start date of 07/22/2019.
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