RCPs or RRTs or CRTs in Texas


In the state of Texas can someone tell me the difference between an RCP, RRT and CRT in respiratory care. I'm very confused. Is there a license in the state of Texas for RRT and CRT or is there only RCP? Thanks for your help.

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

Nothing is ever simple, is it?

Certified Respiratory Therapy Technicians (CRTT) & Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) are both considered Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) -- just like LVNs and RNs are both considered "nurses". CRTT is entry level. Additional education and another exam is required in order to become an RRT. Management & specialty positions are usually limited to RRTs.


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Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. It really help.

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Many years ago in Texas, you could become a CRT with only 1 year of school. After completion of the second year of school, were eligible to sit for the RRT certification. Now, the minimum education required is 2 years for both the CRT & RRT.

You can go to the website for National Board of Respiratory Care (www.nbrc.org). They have answers to all of your questions.