How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in South Dakota – SD
Steps to Become a Respiratory Therapist in South Dakota
- Earn your high school diploma or GED (General Educational Development).
- Enroll in a school that offers an accredited respiratory therapy education program. The program you choose should be recognized by either the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education (JRCRTE), or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
- Take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exam. This national exam consists of 160 multiple-choice questions and takes about three hours to complete. Those who are still studying to become respiratory therapists and have not yet graduated with either an Associate's or Bachelor's degree may still take the NBRC CRT exam 30 days prior to graduation. More information is available at:
NBRC Executive Office
18000 W. 105th Street
Olathe, KS 66061-7543
- To pursue South Dakota respiratory therapist careers, graduates must apply for state licensure. (Applications can be found at: www.sdbmoe.gov/downloads/rcp/RCP-APPLICATION.pdf)
Your application must include:
- A copy of your notarized birth certificate or passport
- All training and employment records, even if not related to respiratory care
- Any malpractice liability claim information
- Information on what practice you will be working in (if known)
- Authorization for release of information
- A recent 2” x 2” head shot photograph
- Notarization of application
The following must also be sent directly to the SDBMOE:
- Scores from the NBRC exam sent directly from the NBRC
- Verification of all professional licenses using the state's License Verification Form found online sent directly to the SDBMOE
- Academic and Training Verification Form sent directly from all training institutions
Submit your South Dakota application along with a fee of $75 to:
South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners
101 N Main Ave, Suite 301
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
- Often a personal appearance and interview with the Board is required after submitting an application. You will be notified of this in writing if necessary. For this reason, the state recommends that applicants don't make a commitment to working as a respiratory therapist in South Dakota until a license is issued.
- All initial licenses with the state vary in duration based on issuance date. Renewal applications are only available during the state's renewal cycles, usually every other year in the fall. Those who do not renew their applications by March 1 of the appropriate year will lose their license status.
- The South Dakota Society for Respiratory Care (SDSRC) recommends that respiratory therapists within the state join their organization, as well as the national organization, the American Organization for Respiratory Care (AARC). These organizations keep respiratory therapists up to date on any changes in policies or licensure requirements. Information on both organizations can be found at www.sdsrc.org/membership.htm.