As the name would indicate, respiratory professions involve the treatment of pulmonary disorders in patients. Within allied health, there are two main respiratory professions, Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) and Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRT). While both respiratory therapy roles have overlapping responsibilities, they are separate certifications that entail different levels of education and training.
Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
The Certified Respiratory Therapist title denotes an entry-level certification into the field. Certified Respiratory Therapists use patient samples to assist in diagnosing, treating, and managing pulmonary disorders. These samples include sputum, blood, and breath specimens. CRT professionals are also responsible for measuring patients’ lung capacity and overall lung health to determine possible impairments or diseases. To learn more and find jobs, visit our Certified Respiratory Therapist page.
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
The RRT credential is more advanced and is considered the standard of excellence in respiratory care. Registered Respiratory Therapists must first be certified as a CRT, then, with additional education and/or clinical experience, pass additional exams to become an RRT. Registered Respiratory Therapists work on similar health issues as CRTs, however, they have more advanced clinical knowledge and may supervise CRTs and/or respiratory technicians. To learn more and find jobs, visit our Registered Respiratory Therapist page.