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How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in New Jersey – NJ

What do I need to do to become a licensed Respiratory Therapist in New Jersey?

You will need to complete the following steps in order to pursue New Jersey Respiratory Therapist careers.

Prove that you graduated from high school.

To complete this step, simply provide a transcript and/or copy of your high school diploma.  Include this with your application for licensure.


Complete a Respiratory Program accredited by the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Care Education of the Council on Allied Health Education and Accreditation.

This program may or may not come in the form of an Associates Degree.  The state of New Jersey is looking for individuals to complete a very specific, Council accredited program.  Make sure that any training program you enroll in meets the specifications set by the New Jersey Board of Respiratory Care.

Complete a two year Associates Degree, preferably in Respiratory Therapy or a medical-related field.

The training program above may have fulfilled this requirement, in which case you may move on to step four.  If the training program above does not result in an Associates Degree, you will need to complete one in order to become nationally certified as a Respiratory Therapist.  National certification is required to practice as a Respiratory Therapist in all fifty states.

Become nationally certified as a Respiratory Therapist through the National Board of Respiratory Care, or NBRC. 

First, provide proof of the Associates Degree and training program by submitting all necessary transcripts.  Next, apply to take a national certification examination called the Certified Respiratory Therapist examination.  Pay the $190 fee to take the examination and study, study, study.  Once this examination is passed, you are considered to be nationally certified, qualifying you to practice as a Respiratory Therapist in New Jersey.  After the initial, entry-level examination is taken successfully, you can choose to become nationally registered at this time or you can wait.  To become nationally registered, which is preferred, you will need to take both parts of the Registered Respiratory Therapist examination.  The first part is a written examination.  The second part is a clinical simulation.  There is a $400 fee for the two sections of the test.

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