How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Utah – UT
Steps to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Utah
- The first step to pursuing Utah respiratory therapist careers is to graduate with a high school diploma or general equivalency. You will need this to be able to enter a Respiratory Care program at an online school, college, or university.
- Next, you'll want to enroll in a trade school, college, or university with an accredited Respiratory Care program. In the state of Utah, accreditation of these educational programs must be by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). You'll graduate from school with either an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Respiratory Care, and the program of study should take about 2 to 4 years.
- Take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exam for a CRT (Certified Respiratory Therapist) or RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist). These exams are given across the United States. Locations can be found by going to www.goamp.com/displayTCList.aspx?pExamID=50
- Within the state of Utah, the licensing of respiratory therapists is handled by the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. Have your school transcripts and NBRC exam scores sent directly to this organization at:
Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-6741
5. If you are currently licensed as a respiratory therapist in another state, complete a Request for Verification of License form to receive verification of your license from that state.
6. Submit the application (which can be found online at dopl.utah.gov/licensing/forms/applications/010_respiratory_care.pdf) and a $60 application fee to the above address. On the application you will need to fill out a form providing evidence of your good moral character and sign an affidavit for release of information.
7. Once you are a licensed respiratory care practitioner in the state of Utah, you will need to renew your license every two years. This requires filling out an application (which can be found online at dopl.utah.gov/licensing/forms/renewal/resp_care_renewal_app.pdf ) and paying a renewal fee of $52.