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Professional Information for Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Care Profession in New York State (NYS) became a licensed profession under the jurisdiction of the New York State Education Department in 1993. Once an individual obtains a New York State license to practice Respiratory Therapy, the licensee is licensed for life unless that license is revoked or suspended by the Board of Regents. In order to practice, you must be registered with the New York State Education Department which requires the Respiratory Therapy Professional to register every 3 years. A licensee may legally perform professional services that are in the definition of the scope of practice, but licensees must also be competent to deliver those professional services.

Part 29 of the Rules of the Board of Regents requires that the licensee practice within the scope defined in the laws, rules, and regulations specific to Respiratory Therapy. Title VIII of the Education Law, Article 164, defines the Practice of a Respiratory Therapist (RT) and Respiratory Therapy Technician (RTT) .

To be eligible to obtain a license, the individual must graduate from a CoARC approved respiratory care program and successfully complete and pass the NBRC exam for Respiratory Care Practitioner.

Successful completion and passing of the NBRC entry level exam (CRT) provides the individual with the ability to obtain the RTT license in New York State and qualifies them for the NBRC advanced level exams (RRT).

Successful completion and passing of the NBRC advanced level exam (RRT) provides the individual with the ability to obtain the RT license in New York State.

On January 1, 2003, under section 8504, Article 164 of the Education Law, the statute was amended to require RT’s and RTT’s to complete continuing education course work. The RT must take 30 contact hours of continuing education per each 3 year registration period and RTT must take 24 contact hours of continuing education per each 3 year registration period.

As part of statute, under Section 8503, Article 164 of the Education Law, a State Board of Respiratory Therapy was established and all members of the Board may be appointed for 2 consecutive 5 year terms by the Board of Regents on the recommendation of the Commissioner of New York State Education Department. The purpose and responsibility of the board is to assist the Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department on matters of professional licensure and conduct.

New York State is one of 48 states in the United States that licenses the practice of Respiratory Therapy.