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Respiratory Therapist


At the direction of a licensed physician, a respiratory therapist evaluates and treats cardiopulmonary (lungs and heart) health. This includes teaching patients and their families about treatment and maintenance of pulmonary health problems, including the use of respiratory therapy equipment and medications.

Licensing Requirements:

Any use of the title "Respiratory Therapist" within New York State requires licensure.

To be licensed as a Respiratory Therapist or Respiratory Therapy Technician in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 18 years of age; and
  • meet education and examination requirements.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 164, Sections 8504 and 8510 of New York's Education Law and Part 79-4 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

Education Requirements:

You must have graduated from high school, or the equivalent, and completed an approved associate degree program in respiratory therapy or another degree program in respiratory therapy determined by the Department to be equivalent.

Examination Requirements:

U.S. and all foreign-educated applicants must pass the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Certified Respiratory Therapist examination (CRT) and the Registry Examination (RRT) (written and simulation exams).

Fees: (as of November 3, 2016)

The fee for licensure for respiratory therapist is $294.
The fee for a limited permit for a respiratory therapist is $70.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2014, there were 357 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 346 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2016, there were 6,272 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Education Building
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Respiratory Therapy Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 270
Fax: (518) 474-3706

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1126 - Respiratory Therapists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Association for Respiratory Care
9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100
Irving, TX 75063-4706
Phone: (972) 243-2272
Fax: (972) 484-2720

National Board for Respiratory Care
10801 Mastin Street, Suite 300
Overland Park, KS 66210
Phone: (888)341-4811 or (913) 895-4900
Fax: (913) 712-9283


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/22/16.

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