The Adult Critical Care Specialty (ACCS) Examination objectively measures the knowledge and skills of respiratory therapists in this specialty area. It goes above and beyond general respiratory care activities to focus specifically on competencies that are unique to adult critical care. Therefore, wearing the RRT-ACCS badge of distinction signals to employers, colleagues and patients that your skills are highly specialized.
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The Pulmonary Function Technology (PFT) Examination objectively measures essential tasks required of pulmonary function technologists. Wearing the RPFT badge of distinction signals to employers, colleagues and patients that your skills are specialized, and you are committed to excellence in respiratory care.
The Pulmonary Function Technology (PFT) Examination objectively measures essential tasks required of pulmonary function technologists. Wearing the CPFT badge of distinction signals to employers, colleagues and patients that your skills are specialized, and you are committed to excellence in respiratory care.
The PFT Examination has two cut scores. If you achieve the low cut score, you earn the Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT) credential. If you earn the high cut score, you earn the Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT) credential.
NBRC Credentialed Practitioners: We are proud to dedicate this special section of our website just to you. Ensuring your continued competence requires keeping current with best practices and new developments in the field of respiratory care, and the NBRC is here to support you every step of the way.
As a program director or director of clinical education, it’s important to you that your students achieve professional excellence and excel at providing high quality patient care. At the NBRC, we support you by establishing comprehensive competency testing and credentialing for the respiratory care practitioners of today and tomorrow.
With our mission of promoting excellence in respiratory care by awarding credentials based on high competency standards, The National Board for Respiratory Care shares your goal of protecting and enhancing patient lives. Nearly 30,000 candidates test for NBRC credentials each year, seeking to demonstrate how excellence defines them across seven specific areas of respiratory care.
The Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) Examination objectively measures essential knowledge, skills, and abilities required of respiratory therapists at entry into practice. Passing the TMC Examination and wearing the CRT badge of distinction signals to employers, colleagues and patients that you are committed to excellence in respiratory care. Additionally, all 49 states that regulate the practice of respiratory care use the CRT or RRT credential as the basis for state licensure.
Achieving NBRC credentials is a challenge – a true demonstration of the skills and strengths required for providing the highest quality respiratory patient care. As hundreds of thousands of NBRC credentialed practitioners will attest, success instills a sense of pride and demonstrates exceptional knowledge and competency.
All NBRC examinations are written and developed by a committee of credentialed respiratory therapists and pulmonary function technologists, as well as physicians who specialize in pulmonary and respiratory care. This approach helps ensure we are assessing the most current and in-demand clinical skill sets for excellence in respiratory care.
As a student in respiratory care, you will soon serve a vitally important role – one that saves and improves lives. After all your hard work and study, you deserve recognition for your specialty skills and commitment to high quality patient care. Credentials from the National Board for Respiratory Care provide that recognition, connecting you with colleagues across the country and demonstrating your dedication to excellence.