Respiratory Therapy


The Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential is required to obtain state licenses and practice as respiratory therapists; this is obtained by passing the National Board for Respiratory Care certification examinations. Upon graduation from the accredited program, graduates are eligible to sit for the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC). Graduates must achieve a low cut score for the CRT level and a high cut score to reach Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) level. Once the RRT cut score is achieved on the TMC exam, the graduate is eligible to complete the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE). Passing both examinations provides the graduate with the RRT credential. Other credentialing specialty examinations such as neonatal/pediatric specialty and registered pulmonary function technician are also available.


Our Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).  CoARC recognizes CPCC's Respiratory Therapy Program by awarding it the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award for 2018.  For more information about the latest outcomes data for CPCC's Respiratory Therapy program, please refer to the Program Outcomes & Professional Resources page.

Note: Learn more about the criminal background check and drug screen requirements for students accepted into the program.