Respiratory Care Graduation Requirements
To meet graduation requirements, students must:
- Complete the Comprehensive Self-Assessment Examination (SAE)
- Fulfill the course requirements of the Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care curriculum
- Complete the last 26 semester hours in Respiratory Care at the College
- Earn a minimum of 75 hours of credit attaining a "C" (2.0) cumulative grade point average which includes a "C" or above in each required respiratory care and general education course in the curriculum
- Meet all financial obligations incurred with the College
- Be recommended by faculty and approved for graduation by the College Governing Board
No degree will be awarded until all requirements are met.
Upon completion, an eligible graduate who has successfully demonstrated competency in both clinical and didactic phases of the program earns the opportunity to write the National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (NBRC)
entry level certifying and advanced registry examinations.
The Entry-Level Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) examination is designed to objectively measure essential knowledge, skills and abilities required of entry level respiratory therapists. The examination consists of 160 multiple-choice questions distributed among three major content areas: clinical data, equipment and therapeutic procedures. Individuals who achieve passing scores will be awarded the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential.
The Registry Examination System (RRT) measures essential knowledge, skills and abilities required of advanced respiratory therapists and sets uniform standards for measuring such knowledge. The CRT credential is a prerequisite for admission to the Registry Examination. The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) examinations consist of a written portion and a clinical simulation portion. Individuals who achieve passing scores on both will be awarded the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.
Registered Respiratory Therapists and Certified Respiratory Therapists must provide evidence that they are continuing to meet current standards of practice and have successfully renewed their national credentials issued by the NBRC.
Policies for licensure vary with each state. In general, a student with a felony conviction may have difficulty in obtaining a state license. An individual application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The decision is not made until the individual makes application for a license to practice respiratory care. Applicants with felony convictions are encouraged to contact the licensing agency in the state in which they wish to practice.