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Applicants for the Respiratory Care Practitioner are required to be certified as a CRT or RRT by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). The exam requirements for the Respiratory Care Practitioner license are as follows:
Respiratory Care Practitioner
- National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) Certification Examination for Entry Level Respiratory Therapists (CRT);
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- NBRC Registry Examination for Advanced Respiratory Therapists (RRT)
To register for these exams:
- If you are a recent graduate from an accredited educational program, an email was sent to you when your school submitted your graduation
information electronically. Use the link and temporary password in your email to establish an account on the NBRC site.
NBRC Exam Registration
NOTE: If you did not receive an email with this information, please contact your school to verify your graduation record was sent to NBRC.
- Once you have completed the registration process, you will receive an email confirmation that will direct you to the NBRC exam vendor, PSI, to schedule your exam.
- Please review the following NBRC exam information material: Examination Handbook
If you have any additional QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, or COMPLAINTS that you are unable to address with the Exam Administrator mentioned above, you may contact email@example.com for further assistance.
Apply for a License
STEP 1: Please select the license type you are applying for:
If you are currently licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in a state, territory, or district of the United States you may qualify for licensure by endorsement. Click here for additional information.
REQUIREMENTS – Before proceeding, the following requirements must be met:
Temporary Respiratory Therapy Apprentice Application Forms
- Temporary Respiratory Care Apprentice Application
- Certification of Academic Status of Respiratory Care Education
Physical Therapist Administration of Respiratory Therapy Treatments during Declared Emergency
Approved July 27, 2020
For the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency, a Utah licensed physical therapist may administer certain respiratory therapy treatments, including the non-invasive delivery of medication to non-critical patients. This exemption includes permitting a physical therapist to administer aerosols in an institutional setting, even if a respiratory therapist is available in, or within a 10-mile radius of, the institution. See Utah Code §58-24b-403(2). The physical therapist must be adequately trained, and must work under the general supervision of an actively licensed respiratory care practitioner (respiratory therapist). This temporary emergency expansion does not alter the applicable standard of practice for any profession.
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Renew a License
- License expires on September 30 of even years.
- At least 60 days prior to the expiration date of a license, DOPL will mail a renewal notice to the licensee's address of record as provided to DOPL by the individual licensee. (Failure to notify DOPL of an address change could prevent a licensee from timely receiving renewal notification and other important correspondence from DOPL.)
- Renewal Fees — $52
NOTE: If you are applying for reinstatement or re-applying for a license you once had, you must use the manual application below.
Update Your License Record
Legal Name Change
If your legal name has changed, you must verify the change by submitting a copy of a marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order, driver's license, or social security card to the Division. If you desire a reprint of your license reflecting the name change, you must also submit a $10 reprint fee with the request.
- EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
- FAX: 801-530-6511
- MAIL: PO Box 146741, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
Change of Address
You may update your address online in the eGov system.
Laws and Rules
- DOPL Licensing Act, 58-1
- General Rule of the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, R156-1.
- Respiratory Care Practices Act, 58-57
- Division Utah Administrative Procedures Act Rule, R156-46b
- Respiratory Care Practices Act Rules, R156-57
- Health Care Providers Immunity from Liability Act, 58-13
Board Members event_seat=Chairperson
|JoEllen Giani (Public Member)||08/17/2015||06/30/2023|
|Kim Bennion event_seat (Respiratory Care Practitioner)||07/01/2016||06/30/2024|
|David Escobar (Respiratory Care Practitioner)||07/01/2021||06/30/2024|
|Robert L. Mazzola, MD (MD)||12/18/2020||06/30/2024|
|Kevin J. Wilkinson (Respiratory Care Practitioner)||07/01/2021||06/30/2025|
Upcoming Public Meetings
Past Public Meetings
- For general licensing questions call or email:
- (801) 530-6628
(866) 275-3675 Toll-Free in Utah
- Bureau Manager
- Jana Johansen — email@example.com
- Board Secretary
- Bobbie Loy — B6@utah.gov
Members of the armed forces and their families are often more affected than other groups by licensing restrictions because of frequent relocations. To ease this burden, the Utah Legislature has authorized certain fee waivers and license exemptions for qualifying military personnel and military spouses.
License Fee Waivers
Initial License and License Renewal
DOPL requires a processing fee for initial license applications and license renewal. This fee varies by profession. The Utah Legislatures allows qualifying military service members to waive initial license and license renewal fees. Full-time active duty service members should submit the fee waiver request form with their initial and renewal license application. Download the fee waiver request form here.
Qualifying licensees who wish to maintain their license but who are not currently practicing in the profession can apply for inactive status. In some cases, changing a license to inactive status will remove certain CE requirements. Qualifying military service members who change their license to inactive status or who renew an inactive license can submit a fee waiver. Please note that not all professions have inactive status as an option. To check if your profession has inactive license status, refer to Utah Administrative Rule R156-1-305. Full-time active duty service members can download the fee waiver request form for inactive status here.
Licensing for Military Spouses
Spouses of military service members stationed in Utah are permitted to work in licensed professions without obtaining a Utah license as long as they possess an active license from another state or territory of the United States. Military spouses may need to explain this little-known benefit to an employer or member of the public questioning whether an out-of-state license is valid. To help, the Division has created a verification letter military spouses can use to show an employer or member of the public that explains this exemption. Download the verification letter here.
Are you struggling with PTSD, depression, suicidal thoughts, or addiction?
The College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah provides free treatment for veterans, including therapy sessions, workshops, and a two-week residential treatment program for veterans with PTSD in Park City. Learn more here.
The Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs (UDVMA) provides resources for veterans including education, employment, healthcare, and more. Learn more here.