How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Nevada – NV
Becoming a Respiratory Therapist in Nevada
The Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners is in charge of processing and granting licensure for respiratory therapists. The license is titled “Practitioner of Respiratory Care” and is valid for a period of two years. To apply for a license in order to pursue Nevada respiratory therapist careers applicants must:
- Have and maintain certification by the NBRC in order to attain or keep licensure in the state. To get certification, one must pass a credentialing exam within 60 days of graduating from a respiratory care education program that is accredited by either the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
- Have worked as a Practitioner of Respiratory Care in the last 12 months. If the applicant has not worked in the previous 12 months as a Practitioner of respiratory care, they may be required by the board to pass a professional competency exam.
- Be able to communicate and write in the English language
- Be of good moral character
- Submit a competed, notarized application, with all necessary forms included in the application packet, recent photograph, proof of eligibility to work in the US, copy of high school diploma or GED, transcripts from college or university graduated from, and cashier’s check or money order for $275.
- Applicants must also apply for either Blood Gas License or a General Supervisor License from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services if your job will require you to perform blood gases (visit the website for more information http://health.nv.gov/Index.htm).
Professional Associations for Respiratory Therapists in Nevada
Nevada Society for Respiratory Care: This state organization provides educational programs, materials, and conferences for respiratory therapists in order to further and advance the practice in the state. It also works to build cooperation between all respiratory therapists and with other medical professionals. The society represents its members in matters of federal legislation. This group is an affiliate of the American Association for Respiratory Care.
Nevada Society for Respiratory Care
PO Box 28686
Las Vegas, NV 89126
Nevada Hospital Association: This association is setup to represent hospitals and individual health care workers and to provide resources to their members. One of the resources available is a career center that shows available jobs at hospitals within the association.
Nevada Hospital Association
5250 Neil Road, Suite 302
Reno, NV 89502
American Thoracic Society: This national organization was created to improve care and knowledge of pulmonary diseases. Health care providers of many different disciplines and levels of certification (technicians to medical doctors and surgeons) are part of this organization. Twenty five percent of its members are from countries outside the United States. This organization not only works to help its members and further the profession, but also to provide information on pulmonary health to the public.
American Thoracic Society
New York, NY 10006-2755