How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Arizona – AZ
Becoming a Respiratory Therapist in Arizona
- In Arizona, Respiratory Therapist careers begin after graduating from an online or campus based school in your area that has a Respiratory Therapist Program. Respiratory Therapists can earn either an Associates or Bachelors Degree in Respiratory Therapy. A community college or a vocational allied health school is a good place to start.
- Call the college or school and get accepted and complete your program. There are online and classroom based programs which offer flexible schedules.
- Take an exam to become certified. There are six different types of certifications and exams to take through the National Board for Respiratory Care.
- The RRT that people need to be considered for positions as respiratory therapists.
- Some people choose to specialize and can take exams through the National Board for Respiratory Care. Areas to specialize include the following:
- Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT) which is for Respiratory Therapists beginning their careers
- Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) which is for entry-level Respiratory Therapists
- CRT-NPS (Certifed Respiratory Therapist or RRT-NPS Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist. for Respiratory Therapists who would like to work with infants and children
- Sleep Disorder Specialist (CRT-SDS or RRT-SDS) for Respiratory Therapists who would like to work with people who have sleep disorders
- Respiratory Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT) which is for advanced Respiratory Therapists.
The costs for these specialty exams is $190 for the NBRC entry-level exam, $190 for the Written Registry Exam, and $200 for the Clinical Simulation Exam. To register for these exams please go to the National Board of Respiratory Care’s Website. This website also offers study guides to help prepare for the exams.
- After you receive a passing score for the NBRC take the results, an original copy of your transcripts, Fingerprint Clearance Card, completed application and $100 application fee and $120 Initial License Fee to the Arizona Board of Respiratory Care Examiners.
- Look for a job. There are many jobs available for Respiratory Therapists in Arizona. Many colleges offer job placement assistance after graduation.