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How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in North Carolina – NC

Becoming a Respiratory Therapist in North Carolina

In order to practice as a respiratory therapist in the state of North Carolina, one must apply for and obtain a license from the State of North Carolina Respiratory Care Board.  In order to obtain a license, one must first graduate from a CAAHEP/CoARC accredited education program and sit for, and successfully pass the CRT exam, administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (NBRC).  The applicant must submit both a college transcript and verification of passage of the CRT exam along with the application.  The applicant must also submit a copy of current CPR/AED certification.  In addition, the applicant must also submit a photo and $175 application and initial licensing fee.


Once the application is received by the Board, they will send to the applicant a background check packet.  Upon receipt, the applicant must return the forms, the fingerprint card, and the $38 background check fee.

If the applicant is not a new graduate, but rather a current respiratory therapist from another state, s/he will also have to submit information about that license from that state, along with current and previous practice sites.  This type of application also requires a background check, along with the same $175 fee.

The state of North Carolina also has available a provisional license and a temporary license with a reduced fee.  More information, along with application forms, are available from the North Carolina Respiratory Care Board.

North Carolina Respiratory Care Board
1100 Navaho Drive, Suite 242
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609
Phone: (919) 878-5595
Fax: (919) 878-5565

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