How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Tennessee – TN | Training

How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Tennessee – TN

Becoming a Respiratory Therapist in Tennessee

  1. Earn an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited respiratory therapy education program [must be accredited by Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education (JRCRTE), or by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)].

  2. Successful completion of the CRT or RRT exam administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) within three years of graduating from an accredited program.  Students may take the exam up to 30 days prior to graduating from a program but no later than three years after graduation.
  3. Apply for a new or temporary license with the State of Tennessee Department of Health, Board of Respiratory Care.
    • Submit a completed and notarized application form with a check or money order for $210.   If upgrading from a CRT to an RRT the cost will only be $30.
    • Send transcripts from the educational program completed, a full faced photograph (between 2x2 and 4x4), a mandatory practitioners profile, and a criminal background check.  Both the mandatory practitioners profile and instructions on the background check are part of the application packet.
  1. Once approved by the board, graduates will receive a license to practice and can then pursue Tennessee respiratory therapist careers.

Professional Organizations for Respiratory Therapists in the State of Tennessee

  • Tennessee Society for Respiratory Care: This state organization provides seminars and online continuing education for its members.  It is separated into chapters to ensure that all areas of the state are represented at the state level.  It also provided information on education and licensure in the state.
  • Tennessee Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation:  This state association is designated for any health care professional who works deals with cardiovascular or pulmonary rehabilitation.  Part of this association mission is to provide continuing education to its members, provide representation for legislative issues for its members, and increasing awareness across the state regarding cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.

    2095 Cope Cemetery Rd
    Monroe, TN  38573

  • Tennessee Health Care Association:  This association is an affiliate of the American Health Care Association.  It was created to develop better health care for elderly and disable patients in the state, which estimates to have 28,000 patients in long term care facilities.  Its main mission is to promote the highest standards in long term facilities. Like many associations, THCA provides education seminars for its members.

    Tennessee Health Care Association
    P.O. Box 100129
    Nashville, TN 37224

  • American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC):  This is a national and international organization for respiratory therapists and educators.  This organization was established in order to increase knowledge of the profession publicly, serve as a means to provide quality continuing education, and help establish evidence based practice to its members.  This group also provides a “watchdog�? group to deal with legislative issues effecting the profession.

    American Association for Respiratory Care
    9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100
    Irving, TX 75063-4706

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