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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May 23, 2017

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MedPro Healthcare Staffing - Brighton, MA

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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May 24, 2017

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Med Travelers - Sacramento, CA

Respiratory Therapist needed for a 3 month assignment starting ASAP. 8 hour evening shifts.The role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals in the care of patients needing improved respiratory function.
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May 18, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Los Angeles, CA

Provides skilled RRT services/interventions in accordance with Physician ordersCollaborates with all disciplines to plan and evaluate team goals for each patient Making sure the proper documentation is being done along wth great overall communicationExpected to hit the ground running with minimal orientation and be flexible with work ScheduleAbility to...
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May 23, 2017

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Club Staffing - Vail, CO

Respiratory Therapist needed for 13 week travel position.The role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals in the care of patients needing improved respiratory function.
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May 23, 2017

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MedPro Healthcare Staffing - Vail, CO

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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May 23, 2017

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Med Travelers - Vail, CO

Respiratory Therapist needed for 13 week travel position.The role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals in the care of patients needing improved respiratory function.
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May 24, 2017

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Club Staffing - Elko, NV

ACUTE CARE hospital is looking for a highly motivated and energetic Respiratory Therapist to join the team on a 13 wk. assignment. NV license required. Candidates must be willing to support a friendly, positive and professional environment.The role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists...
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May 18, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Phoenix, AZ

Provides skilled RRT services/interventions in accordance with Physician ordersCollaborates with all disciplines to plan and evaluate team goals for each patient Making sure the proper documentation is being done along wth great overall communicationExpected to hit the ground running with minimal orientation and be flexible with work ScheduleAbility to...
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May 18, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Clinton, MD

Job DetailsPediatric Respiratory Therapy8.00 hr - AM ShiftClinton, MDPack your bags! TotalMed Staffing is looking for a Pediatric Respiratory Therapy. Although you may be traveling to a different state, our committed recruiters will make sure you never feel far from home!The staff at TotalMed is dedicated to ensuring each...
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May 15, 2017

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Club Staffing - Steamboat Springs, CO

SHIFT: RT covers shifts 24/7. 06:45-19:15; 18:45-07:15, plus call.The role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals in the care of patients needing improved respiratory function.
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May 24, 2017

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Med Travelers - Indianapolis, IN

SHIFT: 1900-0730The role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals in the care of patients needing improved respiratory function.
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May 23, 2017

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CompHealth - , NV

Respiratory Therapist needed for a hospital setting in NV. Therapist will work 12- hour shifts. Call to learn more about this position.ASAP start date12 hour shiftsCall for more details!First day comprehensive medical insurance, domestic partner benefit and 401(K)Full service licensing department covers all fees and document processingFurnished...
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May 24, 2017

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Club Staffing - Elko, NV

ACUTE CARE hospital is looking for a highly motivated and energetic Respiratory Therapist to join the team on a 13 wk. assignment. NV license required. Candidates must be willing to support a friendly, positive and professional environment.The role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists...
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May 24, 2017

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Club Staffing - Elko, NV

ACUTE CARE hospital is looking for a highly motivated and energetic Respiratory Therapist to join the team on a 13 wk. assignment. NV license required. Candidates must be willing to support a friendly, positive and professional environment.The role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists...
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May 24, 2017

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Club Staffing - Elko, NV

ACUTE CARE hospital is looking for a highly motivated and energetic Respiratory Therapist to join the team on a 13 wk. assignment. NV license required. Candidates must be willing to support a friendly, positive and professional environment.The role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists...
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May 24, 2017

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Club Staffing - Elko, NV

ACUTE CARE hospital is looking for a highly motivated and energetic Respiratory Therapist to join the team on a 13 wk. assignment. NV license required. Candidates must be willing to support a friendly, positive and professional environment.The role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists...
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May 24, 2017

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Club Staffing - Elko, NV

ACUTE CARE hospital is looking for a highly motivated and energetic Respiratory Therapist to join the team on a 13 wk. assignment. NV license required. Candidates must be willing to support a friendly, positive and professional environment.The role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists...
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May 18, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Eugene, OR

Provides skilled RRT services/interventions in accordance with Physician ordersCollaborates with all disciplines to plan and evaluate team goals for each patient Making sure the proper documentation is being done along wth great overall communicationExpected to hit the ground running with minimal orientation and be flexible with work ScheduleAbility to...
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May 16, 2017

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Med Travelers - Arlington, TX

SHIFT: 12 hour nights, 6pm to 6:30am. NO CALLThe role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals in the care of patients needing improved respiratory function.
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May 24, 2017

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Med Travelers - Elko, NV

ACUTE CARE hospital is looking for a highly motivated and energetic Respiratory Therapist to join the team on a 13 wk. assignment. NV license required. Candidates must be willing to support a friendly, positive and professional environment.The role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists...
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