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How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Nebraska – NE

There are two routes for pursuing Nebraska respiratory therapist careers.  The first is for a new graduate, whereby a new graduate takes the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Examination administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care, Inc., and the second is for those who have been practicing as a respiratory therapist in another state or jurisdiction.


How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Nebraska

For a new graduate, the candidate must first graduate from a CoARC-accredited education program and sit for, and successfully pass CRTT examination.  Then the candidate must apply for licensure through the Division of Public Health of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.  The candidate must provide, in addition to the completed application and licensure fee, proof of US citizenship, an official transcript from the CoARC-accredited respiratory therapy education program, and proof of passing the CRTT exam.

If the candidate has previously practiced as a respiratory therapist, then the applicant must submit to the Department of Health and Human Services along with a completed application and licensure fees, a copy of a driver’s license or marriage certificate with the applicant’s name on it, along with a letter from the previous jurisdiction indicating that the applicant has been licensed in that jurisdiction and that license has never been revoked.  Additionally, if that letter does not indicate education and examination information, the applicant will need to submit that information as well.

Once the applicant has obtained licensure, the licensee must renew by June 1 of even numbered years.  The renewal application must be submitted, along with the renewal fee and proof of at least 20 hours of continuing education units during the previous two years.

State of Nebraska
Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
Licensure Unit
P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

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