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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Jul 18, 2018

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LRS Healthcare - San Diego, CA

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in Respiratory 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 to help...
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Jul 19, 2018

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Club Staffing - Saint Charles, MO

Repiratory Therapist needed for 13 weeks ICU, ED, and Ault experience required. ACLS/BLS required
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Jul 19, 2018

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Med Travelers - Saint Charles, MO

Repiratory Therapist needed for 13 weeks ICU, ED, and Ault experience required. ACLS/BLS required
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Jul 18, 2018

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Triage Staffing Inc. - LA

Travel Respiratory Therapist New Orleans, LA Location: New Orleans, LA Start Date: 7/26/2018 Shift Details: TBD ( 12:00 AM-12:00 AM ) 40 hours per week Length: 8 weeks Apply for specific facility details. https://triagestaff.com/job-details/621215 REQUIREMENTS - At least 2+ years’ experience in Respiratory Therapist - 1+ year acute care experience - Current RRT certification -...
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Jul 9, 2018
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Concentric Healthcare Staffing - Green Bay , WI

Hospital, RRT needed, 3x12 night shift , BLS, ACLS, 72 hrs. guaranteed biweekly planing for ICU unit. Start on September 18th!!!
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Jul 18, 2018

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Aya Healthcare - Hickory, NC

Aya Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: RRT, Respiratory in Hickory, North Carolina. This is a 13 week contract position that requires at least one year of experience. Passionate and talented internal team members and clinicians have made Aya Healthcare an industry leader since 2001. Starting the day you...
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Jul 9, 2018
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Concentric Healthcare Staffing - Scottsdale, AZ

One of Scottsdales nicest Hospitals , RRT needed , 13 weeks contract, 3 x 12 days, ACLS, BLS, PALS preferred, Start ASAP!!
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Jul 9, 2018
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Concentric Healthcare Staffing - Lincoln, NE

Hospital , RRT needed , 13 weeks contract, 3 x 12 nights, ACLS, BLS, PALS preferred, Start ASAP!!
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Jul 18, 2018

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Triage Staffing Inc. - ME

Travel Respiratory Therapist Maine Location: Maine Start Date: 8/3/2018 Shift Details: 12H Nights ( 7:00 PM-7:00 AM ) 36 hours per week Length: 13 weeks Apply for specific facility details. https://triagestaff.com/job-details/621416 REQUIREMENTS - At least 2+ years’ experience in Respiratory Therapist - 1+ year acute care experience - Current RRT certification - Valid Maine license...
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Jul 9, 2018
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Concentric Healthcare Staffing - Largo, FL

Hospital , RRT needed , 13 weeks contract, 3 x 12 nights, ACLS, BLS, PALS preferred, Start ASAP!!
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Jul 18, 2018

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Triage Staffing Inc. - MO

Travel Respiratory Therapist Saint Charles, MO Location: Saint Charles, MO Start Date: 7/18/2018 Shift Details: 8H Days ( 7:00 AM-3:00 PM ) 40 hours per week Length: 13 weeks Apply for specific facility details. https://triagestaff.com/job-details/592386 REQUIREMENTS - At least 2+ years’ experience in Respiratory Therapist - 1+ year acute care experience - Current RRT certification...
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Jul 9, 2018
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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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Jul 18, 2018

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Cross Country Allied - Milwaukee, WI

>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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Jul 18, 2018

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Cross Country Allied - Beloit, WI

>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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Cross Country Allied - Polson, MT

>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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Jul 9, 2018
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Concentric Healthcare Staffing - Palo Alto, CA

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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Jul 18, 2018

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Triage Staffing Inc. - IL

Travel Respiratory Therapist Ottawa, IL Location: Ottawa, IL Start Date: 7/18/2018 Shift Details: 12H Days ( 7:00 AM-7:00 PM ) 36 hours per week Length: 13 weeks Apply for specific facility details. https://triagestaff.com/job-details/587373 REQUIREMENTS - At least 2+ years’ experience in Respiratory Therapist - 1+ year acute care experience - Current RRT certification - Valid...
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Jul 9, 2018
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Concentric Healthcare Staffing - Phoenix, AZ

We are in need of a day or night RRT who would be interested in a contract at the number one hospital in the valley. Candidates must have at least two years of experience within the hospital setting to be considered. Critcal care experience a huge plus!
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Jul 18, 2018

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Triage Staffing Inc. - MO

Travel Respiratory Therapist Saint Charles, MO Location: Saint Charles, MO Start Date: 7/18/2018 Shift Details: 12H Nights ( 7:00 PM-7:00 AM ) 36 hours per week Length: 13 weeks Apply for specific facility details. https://triagestaff.com/job-details/592407 REQUIREMENTS - At least 2+ years’ experience in Respiratory Therapist - 1+ year acute care experience - Current RRT certification...
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Jul 18, 2018

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Triage Staffing Inc. - PA

Travel Respiratory Therapist Tunkhannock, PA Location: Tunkhannock, PA Start Date: 7/18/2018 Shift Details: 8H Evenings ( 1:00 PM-9:00 PM ) 40 hours per week Length: 13 weeks Apply for specific facility details. https://triagestaff.com/job-details/580003 REQUIREMENTS - At least 2+ years’ experience in Respiratory Therapist - 1+ year acute care experience - Current RRT certification - Valid...
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