The Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Exam and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Exam offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) qualifies successful candidates as Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
Those who wish to take either the CRT or RRT exam must first meet eligibility requirements set by the NBRC.
* The CRT requires candidates have either an Associate’s degree from an accredited respiratory therapy program or a bachelor’s of a respiratory therapy program and must be 18 years of age.
* The RRT grants those who have completed an advanced respiratory therapy program a three year window to take their exam.
The CRT exam consists of 160 multiple choice questions. Of those 140 will be counted towards the final grade. Candidates should be able to answer questions related to clinical data, as well as equipment and therapeutic procedures.
The RRT exam consists of multiple choice questions in a written exam and a clinical portion where candidates will be supervised performing various procedures. The two separate portions of the exam are not taken on the same day.
The CRT exam fee runs $190 while the RRT exam fee costs $190 for the written portion, $200 for the clinical portion, or $390 for both together. The written tests are administered at computer-based testing centers located nationwide. Candidates should plan to arrive at least a half hour early to the exam site, with two forms of photo identification.
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