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Resources

We support the need for excellence in the field through rigorous examinations that ensure hard work and dedication go into achieving and maintaining NBRC credentials. Part of our commitment includes making sure you have access to the resources and information you need to fulfill your own role in ensuring excellence in respiratory patient care.

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Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

The RRT credential is nationally recognized as the “standard of excellence” for respiratory care professionals.

The examinations for the RRT credential objectively and uniformly measure essential knowledge, skills and abilities required of advanced respiratory therapists. The NBRC evaluates the competency of respiratory therapists and ensures that graduates of accredited respiratory care education programs have every opportunity to earn the RRT credential. It is in high demand nationwide, and we work diligently to help to fill the shortage of qualified respiratory therapists in the field.

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Sleep Disorders Specialty (SDS)

The Sleep Disorders Specialty (SDS) Examination objectively measures the knowledge and skills of respiratory therapists who perform sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention. It goes above and beyond general respiratory care activities to focus specifically on competencies that are unique to diagnosing and treating sleep disorders. Therefore, wearing the CRT-SDS or RRT-SDS badge of distinction signals to employers, colleagues and patients that your skills are highly specialized.

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Neonatal/Pediatric Specialty (NPS)

The Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialty (NPS) Examination objectively measures the knowledge and skills of respiratory therapists working in this specialty area. It goes above and beyond general respiratory care activities to focus specifically on competencies that are unique to neonatal/pediatric respiratory care. Therefore, wearing the CRT-NPS and/or the RRT-NPS badge of distinction signals to employers, colleagues and patients that your skills are highly specialized.

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Adult Critical Care Specialty (ACCS)

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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Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT)

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.

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Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT)

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.

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Credentialed Practitioners

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.

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Educators

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.