Respiratory Therapist Careers

Respiratory therapist careers can be exciting and rewarding!

Are you ready to begin the steps to discover if respiratory therapist jobs will be a good fit for you? Read on to learn more . . .

The Steps To Starting Respiratory Therapist Careers

Respiratory Therapist Careers

If you think this is the right career for you, here are some steps you can take . . .

Step 1

Start early!

In the early stages of your academic life, make sure you take classes in areas such as physics, chemistry, biology, health, and math.

Step 2


Complete an associate’s degree program in respiratory therapy offered at a local college, vocational or technical school. Keep in mind that respiratory therapist training is generally hands on and may require that you take your courses in person, during the day in a traditional classroom setting. Respiratory therapy is not generally offered through online degree programs.

Step 3

Get certified!

After you complete your associate’s degree, most employers will require a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. Check out local schools or the American Red Cross to find a certification program near you.

Step 4

Get licensed!

In order to become a licensed Respiratory Therapist, you generally need to meet the certification requirements for the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). They require that you graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and that you pass a standardized exam.

Step 5

More education!

After finishing your CPR certification, plan on continuing your education by working on a bachelor’s degree.

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