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NBRC Office Closed for Thanksgiving

May you enjoy a warm holiday with your friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving! The NBRC Executive Office will be closed Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen on Monday, November 26th with normal operating hours.

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Repeat Attempt Policy

Respiratory therapy is a vital profession within the healthcare community; therefore, we continually strive to elevate not only the profession but the therapists who have worked hard to earn our credentials. To help safeguard the integrity and value of NBRC credentials, a new policy will be implemented in January 2020 which will include waiting period […]

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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 […]

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Score Report Changes Being Implemented

NBRC credentialing examinations are designed to provide an accurate reflection of a candidate’s mastery of necessary knowledge. Since the decision to award a credential is based on the total examination score obtained by a candidate, NBRC is removing sub score reporting on score reports. Sub scores are being removed from candidate score reports for two […]

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Credentialed Practitioners By State

Over 440,000 respiratory care practitioners have earned NBRC credentials in the United States and abroad, as of December 31, 2017. The following table shows how many CRT, RRT, CPFT, RPFT, NPS, SDS, and ACCS credentials have been awarded to respiratory care practitioners in each of the 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. […]

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Education Audit Policy

The NBRC recently implemented a policy to audit graduation information submitted electronically via the School Portal. Auditing electronic graduation information is a routine part of NBRC’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of the credentialing system. Audits are conducted randomly upon receipt of electronic graduation information. Every attempt will be made to verify graduation with the […]

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Examination Security Policy

The NBRC is determined to safeguard the integrity of its credentialing programs by ensuring the security of the examinations. In today’s world of instant information sharing, we believe it is important for all candidates and credentialed practitioners to be reminded of the NBRC’s and PSI’s policies regarding examination security. We take these policies very seriously […]

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New Neonatal/Pediatric Specialty Examination Content Outline Available

New Neonatal/Pediatric Specialty Examination Content Outline Available On October 10, 2018, the NBRC will implement updated content for the Neonatal/Pediatric Specialty (NPS) 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 […]

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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 […]

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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. Individuals required to attempt an NBRC examination for state licensing purposes must submit a paper […]