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 Iowa Workforce Information NetworkNovember 30, 2015
License Title: Respiratory Care Practitioner - Crtt And Rrt

License Description: Under qualified medical direction, respiratory care practitioners practice the therapy, management, rehabilitation, diagnostic evaluation, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities affecting the cardiopulmonary (heart-lung) system. They may work with newborns, critical care, emergency procedures, and geriatrics. Practitioners may administer pharmacological, diagnostic, and therapeutic agents; observe and monitor patient responses and report changes which may implement changes in protocol or treatment; analyze blood gasses, respiratory secretions and pulmonary function testing; measure and monitor cardiac function as it relates to respiratory care; administer mechanical or environmental control mechanisms; and, provide the maintenance of artificial and natural airways.

Authorizing Statute: Code of Iowa, Chapter 152B; Iowa Administrative Code 645, Chapters 260-264

Requirements for License:Applicants must successfully complete a respiratory care education program from an accredited school/program for training respiratory therapists. They must also pass the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) Examination or the State Clinical Examination administered by the NBRC. Out-of-state practitioners must meet Iowa requirements to obtain licensure in Iowa.

Thirty hours of continuing education are required biennially for license renewal.

Application: $100
Duration: Two years (March 31st of even numbered years)
Renewal: $50
Exam: Arranged by applicant, fee paid to the exam service

When:Applicants must pass the National Board for Respiratory Care examination for RRTs or for CRTTs.

License Authority:
Respiratory Care Practitioners Advisory Board
Bureau of Professional Licensure
Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Building
321 E 12th St
Des Moines IA 50319
Phone: 5152814422

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