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Use of Credentials: How to Properly Use your NBRC Credential(s)

Respiratory care professionals spend a tremendous amount of time and effort to earn their national credentials and the NBRC wants to ensure the continued value and meaning of the credential acronyms associated with your hard work. The NBRC’s credential designations are federally registered (trademarked) and accordingly, must be used in the manner in which they […]


NBRC Office Closed Presidents’ Day

The NBRC office will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2018 in observance of Presidents’ Day.  Normal operating hours will resume on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.


Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialty Examination (NPS) Admissions Policy Change

The Board of Trustees has approved the elimination of the following admissions provision for the NPS Examination: Applicant shall be a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) for at least one year prior to applying for the Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialty Examination.    The removal of this admissions provision was approved on a second reading at the December […]


NBRC Names New CEO

Lori Tinkler now CEO of the U.S. credentialing board for respiratory care practitioners The National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (NBRC) has named Lori M. Tinkler, MBA, as chief executive officer effective January 1, 2018. Tinkler has a 26+ year tenure with the organization and succeeds Gary A. Smith, who served in various leadership roles […]


Elimination of Voluntary Recredentialing Route

The NBRC Board of Trustees voted to eliminate the voluntary recredentialing route for all NBRC examinations effective January 1, 2018. This decision was made to better increase examination security and strengthen the link between examination scores and long-term competence levels.


Meet the NBRC Staff

Melanie Thomas Melanie grew up in Lee’s Summit, Missouri but moved to Independence, Missouri when she got married and stayed to raise her family there. About ten years ago she and her family moved back to Lee’s Summit, into the home her in-laws built on roughly three acres of land that includes a small lake. […]


New Adult Critical Care Specialty Examination Content Outline Available

On June 1, 2018 the NBRC will implement updated content for the Adult Critical Care Specialty (ACCS) Examination.  To allow candidates to properly prepare for the new examination, we have added new items to our website.  These items include the Practice Exam and the Detailed Content Outline which are labeled ‘for candidates testing June 27, […]


Certificate and Wallet Card Changes

We are excited to announce changes to the certificates and wallet cards issued to credentialed practitioners. Earning an NBRC credential is a great achievement that you can be proud of and is earned by hard work and dedication. In our continuing effort to streamline our processes, as of October 1, 2017, we have started using […]