How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Georgia – GA
Becoming a Respiratory Therapist in Georgia
In Georgia, respiratory therapist careers begin by first graduating from an accredited online or campus based program. Graduates must be at least 18 years of age and have a passing score on the CRT exam given by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). In order to take this exam, the applicant must also meet a minimum education requirement.
According to the NBRC website, there are two ways to satisfy the education requirements.
The first is to have at least an associates degree from a respiratory therapy program accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), previously called the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education (JRCRTE), or with accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
The second option that satisfies the education requirement is if the applicant is working towards a bachelor’s degree in an accredited respiratory therapy program. The university will issue a certificate of completion after the student has completed core coursework. This certificate will allow the applicant to take the CRT Examination.
All requirements for registering for the NBRC CRT exam can be found on their website at www.nbrc.org.
Those individuals graduating from an accredited advanced level program have three years to complete the CRT exam and the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) exam. The RRT exam requires successful completion of the CRT exam. RRT are able to administer additional treatments to patients.
The Georgia Composite Medical Board recommends that the professional apply for licensing with the Board no more than 60 days prior to the completion of training. The review process to grant licensing takes approximately 4-6 weeks from the receipt of all application materials. The Board is adamant that prospective respiratory care professionals DO NOT accept employment until they have been granted a license from the state of Georgia.
This holds true for applicants who have an active license in another state. There is an application for reciprocity that may grant licenses if the original licensing state has requirements that are all greater than or equal to those of the state of Georgia. In a limited number of circumstances, temporary permits may be issued. For more information on temporary licensing, contact the Georgia Composite Medical Board directly.
Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners
2 Peachtree Street, N.W., 36th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
The application process for licensure for Respiratory Care Professionals in Georgia is very comprehensive. The following are the documentation and forms that are required for the application process. Unless otherwise noted on the Georgia Composite Medical Board website, all forms must be received by the board directly from the source verifying the credentials. All forms are required. If a form is not applicable then the applicant needs to indicate N/A on the form.
- Completed Application
- CV or Resume
- Education verification from Respiratory Therapy Program
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Associate’s Degree
- Reference Form
- Licensure Verification Form
- Change of Medical Director Form
- Non-US Citizen Form
- Affidavit of Applicant – needs to include a current passport photo and the form must be notarized
- National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB)/Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) verification
- Military Discharge form