How to Become a Respiratory Therapist?

how to become respiratory therapist

Respiratory therapists’ short academic program quickly leads them to a remunerative and rewarding career

Respiratory therapy industry has a projected job growth of 23% by 2026 (www.bls.gov). It’s easy to see why respiratory therapy has become a popular career path for many who are interested in healthcare. A few states require licensure and to pass the licensing examination, graduates need an associate’s degree. Most organizations employing respiratory therapists look for licensure, so it’s well worth the time to invest in an education in respiratory therapy.

At American College for Medical Careers, the Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy applicants must apply to the program based on all of these admission requirements:

  1. Possess a High School Diploma or its equivalency.
  2. Pass an entrance test – Wonderlic (passing score of 22 or higher)

Wavier Considerations

  1. Successful completion of at least one (1) college algebra or higher mathematics class, and two (2) sciences including chemistry, physics, or human biology, with a minimum GPA of a 3.0
  2. Successful completion of at least one (1) beginning algebra or higher mathematics class or one (1) science including chemistry, physics, or human biology, and an additional 12 semester or 18 quarter credits from the following disciplines: English composition, interpersonal communications or speech, social or behavioral sciences, history, government, or non-life science, with a minimum GPA of 3.3. All classes to be considered must be a minimum of a 100 level course.
  3. Successfully complete an interview with the program director.
  4. Complete the “Readiness for a Distance Education Program” declaration.
  5. Initial the acceptance of “Aptitude Requirements of the Profession” declaration.

Admissions applications are reviewed by the program director and administrator to determine qualifications for acceptance. Applicants are accepted on a first-come basis once admissions procedures are completed and an applicant is determined to be qualified. Applicants are notified of their acceptance by email, an official hard copy letter, and a phone call.

The following items are required to complete the application process:

  • Application for Admission
  • Registration fee (if applicable)
  • Readiness for a Distance Education Program declaration
  • Aptitudes Requirements of the Profession Declaration
  • Documentation providing evidence of prior education
  • Completed financial aid forms (for those wishing to apply)
  • Program director interview
  • Enrollment agreement

Respiratory therapy aptitude

In addition to academic prerequisites, candidates for a respiratory therapy program should also possess good skills in written and oral communication; mathematics; biology; and general technical aptitude. They should also be capable of developing good customer service for patients and fellow caregivers. People receive treatments for lung issues because they’re ill or injured. A respiratory therapist who is professional and compassionate can help patients and their loved ones relax and feel sure that they have the best possible care.

Obtaining licensure

To become a registered respiratory therapist (RRT), graduates must pass the Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) Examination offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.