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How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Arkansas – AR

While indeed.com states that the average salary for a respiratory therapist in Arkansas is 5% lower than the national average, the cost of living in Arkansas is considerably lower than the national average, allowing for more disposable income.  There is no separate certification process to fulfill in order to start Arkansas respiratory therapist careers.  You can complete one of two certification programs – the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) program or the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) program.  This means that in as little as 1-2 years you could be a practicing respiratory therapy technician in the state of Arkansas.  A low cost of living, quick certification process and an excellent professional society available within Arkansas combine to make this state a great place to work as a respiratory technician.

How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Arkansas

  1. Complete either a CRT program or RRT program.  In order to sit for the CRT test, you must have completed at least an associate’s degree in a respiratory therapy program approved by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).  You must also be enrolled in a bachelor’s program in respiratory care.  You do not need to complete the bachelor’s degree to sit for the exam.  You can pass the exam and receive a special certificate of completion, making the continued validity of your credentials dependent upon completion of the bachelor’s program. 
  2. You will need to sit for a certification exam to become either a CRT or RRT.  The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) administers the certification exams in the state of Arkansas.  You will need to contact the NBRC directly to obtain dates for exams at the assessment centers in Little Rock and Fayetteville.  IF you apply for the RRT exam within sixty days of receiving your CRTT credentials, the NBRC offers a discount of $50.00 on the RTT test.  The CRTT exam costs $190.00 for a first-time applicant and the RTT costs $390.00 for both the written exam and the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE).   Once you are certified you are not required to take the exams again to recertify.
  3. Once you have received your CRT credentials you are able to begin your career as a respiratory therapist

    National Board for Respiratory Care
    18000 West 105th Street
    Olathe, KS 66061
    Telephone: 888-341-4811
    Fax:  913-895-4650
    www.nbrc.org


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