How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Maine – ME
Steps to Becoming a Respiratory Therapist in Maine
In order to become a Respiratory Therapist in the state of Maine, one must have graduated from an Accredited Respiratory Care Program approved by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care or by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The minimum requirement is to have completed an Associate’s Program in Respiratory Care. However, various accredited schools offer both Associate and Bachelor Programs for a degree in Respiratory Care.
Here are the steps needed to take in order to begin your career as a Respiratory Therapist.
Complete a degree in respiratory care from an accredited campus based school in Maine or through an online program.
Pass the exam given to all potential Respiratory Therapists, in the state of Maine, which is provided for in 32 MRSA 9707 of the Board’s laws
Join the Maine Society for Respiratory Care (MSRC) and obtain a license from the Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners through the Office of Licensing and Registration for the State of Maine
Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners for the State of Maine
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035
Maine Professional Organizations for Respiratory Therapists:
Maine Society for Respiratory Care (MSRC)
The Society for Respiratory Care is a non-for-profit organization, working in conjunction with the American Association for Respiratory Care, to help educate professionals, patients and their loved ones and the overall public throughout the state of Maine. The MSRC offers countless programs; such as, community activities/events, meetings, guest speakers, and educational courses to advance knowledge and new technologies in this field. The Maine Society for Respiratory Care also publishes the Lobestergram, which presents current topics, technologies, policies and other information for Respiratory Therapists working in the state of Maine.
American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) began in 1947 with only a few members whose purpose was to help grow and develop the career of a respiratory care professional. Today, the group serves over 47,000 members worldwide. The mission for the AARC, which is to encourage professional excellence, promote the advancement of science and to advocate and educate patients and their families, professionals and the general public, has remained steadfast.
American Association for Respiratory Care
9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100
Irving, TX 75063-4706