Respiratory Therapy Programs in Washington - WA

Education and Certification for Respiratory Therapists in Washington State

The minimum education requirement for involvement in respiratory therapy is an Associate degree (2 years) from an accredited program offered online or through Washington respiratory therapy schools.  An advanced Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited program (4 years) offers more experience, training, and expertise. 

National certification is required to be able to function in respiratory therapy in Washington State.    This comes with passing the NBCR exam and attaining your license.   You are then entitled to add RCP (Respiratory Care Practitioner) following the CRT or RRT initials stating that you are both a state licensed and nationally certified respiratory therapist.  Most hospitals prefer to hire RRTs because they are qualified to perform more types of treatments and procedures.  General and surgical hospitals are the largest employers of RTs with specialty hospitals such as drug abuse treatment centers and mental hospitals the next highest employers.

Continuing education units (CEUs) related to the field of respiratory care are required for each two-year Washington State license renewal.  Washington State Department of Health requires documentation for 30 CEUs for each renewal.

Through campus or online programs, aspiring Respiratory Therapists in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Bellevue, Washington may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the University of Washington Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center.

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