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Respiratory Therapy Programs in Wisconsin - WI

Education in Respiratory Therapy

A respiratory therapy associate degree earned online or through Wisconsin respiratory therapy schools is the basic requirement for this field.  A degree as a Bachelor of Science  program requires four years of study.

There are accredited on-line courses that incorporate on-site clinical experience and laboratory hours that are transferable for advanced study.  The college and university degree programs follow the semester or quarter schedule where the on-line or self-study programs may be more accessible.   Most programs can require a completion of at least 1000 hours of clinical experience before graduation.

After graduation and successfully passing the NBRC exam you can qualify either as a certified (CRT) or a registered (RRT) depending on your level of study and the exam taken.  An RRT has additional training that a CRT does not had. Most hospitals are inclined to hire RRTs since theirqualifications allow them do  more  treatments and procedures. 

You cannot practice as a respiratory therapist in Wisconsin without the national certification issued when you pass the NBCR exam.  Also a state respiratory care practitioner license is required from the Wisconsin State Department of Health based on documentation from NBCR.  The fee for a 2-year license is $110.  A renewal can be obtained every two years for the same fee.  You now can use RCP (Respiratory Care Practitioner) with your CRT or RRT identification as it designates your status as both nationally certified and state licensed. 

Through campus or online programs, aspiring Respiratory Therapists in Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay, Wisconsin 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 Aurora Saint Luke's Medical Center, Saint Joseph's Hospital, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and Saint Mary's Hospital.

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