Respiratory therapy training is very in-depth and involved when it comes to cardiovascular and breathing issues. RT training focuses on several different areas that must be completed before working in the patient care.

What Does Respiratory Therapy Training Entail?

Prior to applying for a respiratory therapy program, the completion of all prerequisite classes in math, science and psychology must be fulfilled. Respiratory therapy training consists of a two year accredited respiratory program, in which all aspects of respiratory care are taught. The program consists of two major learning areas. There is lecture and bookwork, which is held in the classroom and clinical training days that are in a hospital to increase your bedside manner and skills.

After having completed the first portion of respiratory therapy training, a state test will be administered. This exam is required for all respiratory therapists to earn a license. Alaska and Hawaii are the only states that do not require respiratory therapists to be licensed. After a passing grade on the state board exam, an accreditation of a CRT (certified respiratory therapist) will be granted. This CRT credential is the first level for a respiratory therapist. With a little more detailed training and two additional state tests, one can become and advanced respiratory therapist and obtain a RRT (registered respiratory therapist) certification.

Another required training endorsement every RT must have is a CPR certification. This is common practice to work in any hospital or doctor's office settings.

The two accrediting groups that oversee all credentials are the CAAHEP (Committees on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) and the COARC (Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care).

Respiratory therapy training is very important, especially when taking care of unstable patients. At anytime a code blue (cardiac arrest) could be called on a patient and the training you receive from an accredited RT program will provide you with the skills needed in such a critical moment.