How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Connecticut – CT
How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Connecticut
Connecticut respiratory therapist careers begin by getting a license to operate from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, you’ll need to complete an approved educational program, and subsequently become credentialed by the National Board for Respiratory Care. That actually works out quite well, as both the State of Connecticut and the NBRC are in agreement with what programs they approve off.
In order to take the NBRC's exam, you'll need to earn an associate’s degree from a program accredited by the CoARC, or Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. There are several accredited programs in Connecticut, including ones at community, technical, and online schools, medical vocational colleges, and the University of Hartford, so you have lots of options to choose from.
It takes about two years to earn the credits required for an associate’s degree. Many programs are also offering a bachelor’s degree, which is recommend for people hoping to move into hospital administration or a more managerial position at a professional health clinic.
Upon graduation, you can take the CRT exam from the NBRC, which, once passed, confers upon you the credentials of a Certified Respiratory Therapist.
Once you've received your certification, you can apply for licensure in the state of Connecticut. The Department of Public Health requires a notary signature on the application, a current photograph, and a fee of $190 dollars. They also need the school at which you completed your associates, and the NBRC, to directly send in confirmation of your degrees and status.
Upon approval of your application, you are eligible to work as a Respiratory Therapist in Connecticut. This is a good state to be a RT in, as Respiratory Therapists here make a few thousand dollars extra per year over the national average.
Though not necessary, you might want to consider moving up to the next level of NBRC certification and taking the Registered Respiratory Therapist Exam. RRT's earn more money, are cleared to perform a lot more tasks in hospitals and clinics, and are generally in greater demand.