How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Kentucky – KY
Becoming a Respiratory Therapist in Kentucky
Kentucky respiratory therapist careers begin by receiving a degree from a college or university, either a two or four year degree, with an accredited respiratory therapy program. Most of the classes that are focused upon in these programs include core classes in anatomy and physiology, cardiopulmonary pathology, respiratory therapy, introduction to psychology, and clinical practicum courses.
Either obtain a two-year associate’s degree or a four-year baccalaureate degree from a college or university who 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.
Certified Respiratory Therapy credential is given to people who graduate from an accredited two or four year program and pass the exam administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Through passing two of the exams administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care one can become a Registered Respiratory Therapist. If you are looking to become a supervisor at some point, you should definitely consider taking the RRT since it is usually required. Refer to the NBRC to register for the different exams you will need to take.
Complete and submit the applications needed to be licensed to:
Kentucky Board for Respiratory Care
301 East Main Street
National City Plaza Building, Suite 900
Lexington, KY 40507
Once approved by the board, your license will be issued and you will be allowed to work as a respiratory therapist in the state of Kentucky.