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Respiratory Therapist


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.

Licensing Requirements:

New York licensed respiratory therapists and respiratory therapy technicians have earned a minimum of an associate's degree from a respiratory therapy program registered by the Board of Regents and/or accredited by the national respiratory therapy professional association. These academic programs include a minimum of 30 semester hours in respiratory therapy care subjects and additional credits in related sciences.

In addition, every New York licensed respiratory therapy professional has completed appropriate supervised clinical experience and passed a national licensing examination. Licensed respiratory therapists are further required by law to complete 30 hours of continuing education every three years from an approved list of sponsors.


The fee for licensure for respiratory therapist is $294.
The fee for a limited permit for a respiratory therapist is $70 (the limited permit fee is not refundable).

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2018, there were 376 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 352 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2020, there were 435 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of January 1, 2021, there were 5,935 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Respiratory Therapy
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then Ext. 120
Fax: (518) 474-3706
E-mail: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1126 - Respiratory Therapists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Association for Respiratory Care
9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100
Irving, TX 75063-4706
Phone: (972) 243-2272
Fax: (972) 484-2720
E-mail: [email protected]

National Board for Respiratory Care
10801 Mastin Street, Suite 300
Overland Park, KS 66210
Phone: (888)341-4811 or (913) 895-4900
Fax: (913) 712-9283
E-mail: [email protected]


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 2/9/21.

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