At the direction of a licensed physician, a respiratory therapist evaluates and treats cardiopulmonary (lungs and heart) health. This includes teaching patients and their families about treatment and maintenance of pulmonary health problems, including the use of respiratory therapy equipment and medications.
Any use of the title "Respiratory Therapist" within New York State requires licensure.
To be licensed as a Respiratory Therapist or Respiratory Therapy Technician in New York State you must:
You must have graduated from high school, or the equivalent, and completed an approved associate degree program in respiratory therapy or another degree program in respiratory therapy determined by the Department to be equivalent.
U.S. and all foreign-educated applicants must pass the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Certified Respiratory Therapist examination (CRT) and the Registry Examination (RRT) (written and simulation exams).
The fee for licensure for respiratory therapist is $294.
The fee for a limited permit for a respiratory therapist is $70.
In 2014, there were 357 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 346 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2016, there were 6,272 active licenses for this occupation.
New York State Education Department
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Respiratory Therapy Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 270
Fax: (518) 474-3706
29-1126 - Respiratory Therapists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).
American Association for Respiratory Care
9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100
Irving, TX 75063-4706
Phone: (972) 243-2272
Fax: (972) 484-2720
Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.
This page was last updated on 12/22/16.
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