CRT RRT Exam Information

CRT Exams

In order to become certified in respiratory therapy, individuals must pass the Entry Level Certified Respiratory Therapist exam. This exam has been developed by the National Board for Respiratory Care to provide an objective measure across jurisdictions of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities that are required of beginning respiratory therapists. The exam consists of 160 multiple-choice questions, 20 of which are pre-test items that are used to develop future versions of the exam and are not graded. The exam must be completed within 3 hours. The CRT exam is divided into three main content areas: Patient Data Evaluation (25 questions); Equipment Application and Cleanliness (30 questions), and Therapeutic Procedure Initiation and Modification (85 questions). The Patient Data Evaluation section assesses the candidate’s ability to review existing data in the patient record; and collect and evaluate additional clinical information. The Equipment Application and Cleanliness section assesses the candidate’s ability to select, assemble, operate, and troubleshoot equipment; ensure infection control; and perform quality control procedures on equipment. The Therapeutic Procedure Initiation and Modification section assesses the candidate’s ability to maintain records and communicate information; remove bronchopulmonary secretions; achieve adequate respiratory suppose; evaluate and monitor the patient’s responses to respiratory care; independently modify therapeutic procedures based on the patient’s response; determine the appropriateness of the prescribed respiratory care plan and recommend necessary modifications; initiate, conduct, or modify respiratory care techniques in an emergency setting; act as an assistant to a physician performing bronchoscopy, cardioversion, and intubation; and initiate and conduct pulmonary rehabilitation and home care within the prescription. Since the CRT exam is taken on a computer, scores will be available immediately after the completion of the exam. The raw score (number of questions answered correctly) is converted into a scaled score that takes into account the relative difficulty of the test. The minimum passing scaled score on the CRT exam is a 75. The CRT exam is administered by Applied Measurement Professionals at over 150 locations across the United States; prospective test-takers should visit the AMP website.

RRT Exams

In order to be certified as an advanced respiratory therapist, one must pass the Registry Examination for Advanced Respiratory Therapists (RRT). This exam has been developed by the National Board for Respiratory Care to provide an objective measure of the knowledge and skills required of advanced respiratory therapists. In order to take the RRT, candidates must have passed the Certification Examination for Entry Level Respiratory Therapists (CRT). The RRT exam consists of 115 questions; 15 are pretest questions that are used to develop future versions of the exam and are not graded. The exam must be completed within 2 hours. The RRT exam is divided into three main categories: Patient Data Evaluation and Recommendations (20 questions); Equipment Application and Cleanliness (18 questions); and Therapeutic Procedure Initiation and Modification (62 questions). The Patient Data Evaluation and Recommendations section assesses the candidate’s ability to review existing data in the patient record; collect and evaluate additional clinical information; and recommend procedures to obtain additional data. The Equipment Application and Cleanliness section assesses the candidate’s ability to select, assemble, operate, and troubleshoot equipment; ensure infection control; and perform quality control procedures on equipment. The Therapeutic Procedure Initiation and Modification section assesses the candidate’s ability to maintain records and communicate information; remove bronchopulmonary secretions; achieve adequate respiratory support; evaluate and monitor the patient’s responses to respiratory care; independently modify therapeutic procedures based on the patient’s response; determine the appropriateness of the prescribed respiratory care plan and recommend necessary modifications; initiate, conduct, or modify respiratory care techniques in an emergency setting; act as an assistant to a physician performing bronchoscopy, cardioversion, and intubation; and initiate and conduct pulmonary rehabilitation and home care within the prescription. Since the RRT exam is taken on a computer, scores will be available immediately after the completion of the exam. The raw score (number of questions answered correctly) is converted into a scaled score that takes into account the relative difficulty of the test. The minimum passing scaled score on the RRT exam is a 70. The RRT exam is administered by Applied Measurement Professionals at over 150 locations across the United States; prospective test-takers should visit the AMP website.

Last Updated: 04/28/2014

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