Respiratory Therapy

Board Certification and Licensure

The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) is the national credentialing agency that provides credentialing examinations in respiratory therapy, pulmonary function technology and sleep studies. It establishes standards to certify practitioners to work under medical direction; issues certificate to individuals who pass the certification and registry examinations. For more information, go to

Upon graduation with an Associates of Applied Science degree from the Respiratory Therapy Program at San Juan College our graduates are eligible to take the NBRC entry level examination to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT). The CRT is needed to apply for a State license in order to practice or work in the state. For more information on state licensure, please visit the Respiratory Care Advisory Board website.

With successful completion of the CRT exam our graduates are eligible to take the NBRC advanced practitioner examination to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) examination is an advanced practitioner examination. We strongly urge all graduates take this exam immediately following the completion of the CRT exam. The benefits of the Registry are access to promotion and increased pay.

For more information, please call Paulette Stanley at (505) 566-3851. Or send an email to