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How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Texas – TX

Becoming a Respiratory Therapist in Texas

    1. Graduate, or be within 30 days from graduation, from an accredited respiratory care education program supported by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), or its predecessor the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education (JRCRTE), or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  This may be with an associate's degree or a baccalaureate degree. 

  1. Be recognized as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and/or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).  This is accomplished by taking the credentialing exam administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).  If you are within 30 days of graduation, you may apply for a temporary license prior to taking the credentialing exam.
  2. Apply for a new or temporary license with the Texas Department of State and Health Services.
    • If you are applying for a new license, you will need to supply your educational record, along with the application and appropriate fees.  The application may either be completed online or through the mail.  The application fee is currently $120.  Depending on the term of the license issued, the cost varies.  For example, a license issued with a one-year term is currently $45, and the cost of a license issued with a two-year term is $90.
    • If you are applying for a temporary license, you will need to provide your educational record, along with an expected graduation statement.  This statement must include your expected graduation date; in addition to, the signature of the respiratory care program director from the accredited school.  A completed application and appropriate fees are required, as well.  This application may also be completed online or through the mail. Currently, the application fee for a temporary license is $50.  Lastly, your signature is required on an examination score release form.  This allows the department to obtain your examination results from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).  A temporary permit is valid for 6 months.
  3. Completion of the above steps will allow graduates to pursue Texas respiratory therapist careers.

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