How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Hawaii – HI

For those looking to pursue Hawaii respiratory therapist careers, there are a few qualifications that must first be met.  In order to work as a respiratory therapist in Hawaii, completion of a training program is required.  A high school diploma or GED is required to enroll in a respiratory therapy training program.  After enrollment and completion of a program, one or more national certification examinations would be taken. 

Steps to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Hawaii

  1. Enroll in a 2 or 4 year respiratory therapy training program.  Programs offer the choice of an associate degree in respiratory therapy or a bachelor degree.  There are a number of options in Hawaii for respiratory therapy training programs.  Many training programs also have substantial clinical experience, however if a program does not, it is highly recommended that a trainee completes some clinical or volunteer experience while they are training.
  2. After the program is completed, a trainee would register with the National Board for Respiratory Care and take a certification examination called the Entry Level CRT (certified respiratory therapist) exam.  This is the minimum required credential to work as a respiratory therapist in Hawaii.  If one has more advanced preparation, they can take the two exams to become a RRT (registered respiratory therapist).  These exams required some clinical experience and cover more advanced material.  Although the RRT exams are not required to work as a respiratory therapist, they may be required for more advanced positions.
  3. Hawaii does not require respiratory therapists to register and become licensed with the state in order to practice respiratory therapy.  Thus, after the completion of the CRT or RRT exams, and with the obtained credential of Certified Respiratory Therapist, a person can begin working as a respiratory therapist in Hawaii.  There are also no continuing education requirements or registration fees to work as a respiratory therapist in Hawaii.

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