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How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Indiana – IN

Becoming a Respiratory Therapist in Indiana

  1. Either obtain a two-year associate degree or a four-year baccalaureate degree from a college or university that has an accredited respiratory therapy program.  Curriculum in these programs usually consists of core courses within fundamentals of respiratory therapy, cardiopulmonary pathology, anatomy and physiology, pediatric and neonatal respiratory therapy, introduction to psychology, pharmacology, physiologic monitoring, and clinical practicum courses.  Some four-year programs may give out specific certifications that allow for their students to apply for the entry level and/or the advanced practitioner credentialing exams once they complete the required coursework after obtaining an associate degree. 

    2.  Reward the Certified Respiratory Therapy (CRT) credential to people who graduate from an accredited entry-level or advanced program by CAAHEP or the CoARC and pass the exam given through the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).  A person is available to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) through graduating from an advanced program and pass two separate examinations.  If you are looking to be within a supervisory position or within an intensive care specialty the RRT is usually required.  The NBRC website allows for you to look at the different exams that are required for a respiratory therapist to advance within their field and register.

    3.  Complete and submit application to the Indiana Respiratory Care Committee at: 

    Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
    402 W WASHINGTON ST
    RM W072
    INDIANAPOLIS IN 46204
    Ph: 317-234-2054
    Fax: 317-233-4236

    All applicants are required to submit an additional $25 fee along with the $50 licensure fee. All instructions for the application process are at http://www.in.gov/pla/files/RCP_INSTRUCTIONS.pdf.

    4.  Once the application process is finished and you are approved by the board, you will receive a license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner.  This final step grants eligibility for pursuing Indiana respiratory therapist careers. 


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