How does the idea of working in a healthcare setting where you can play a part in helping patients feel better appeal to you? If it sounds like something you’d enjoy, you may want to consider checking out respiratory therapy programs in Utah. Continue reading to get the necessary information to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) in Utah.
Find Accredited Respiratory Therapist Schools in Utah
Finding an accredited respiratory therapy school in Utah is the first step towards becoming a CRT or RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist). Accreditation is a necessity because this is requirement for certification and licensure. Currently, the accrediting agency most used is the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
Accredited training programs also provide students with the classes and training necessary to not only pass the certification but also be qualified to work as CRTs. In addition to classroom assignments, students complete practical training in hospital-based settings.
The South Dakota Department of Health requires licensure and completing an approved program and passing a certification exam are part of the licensure requirements. Programs that are approved or accredited also prepare you better for the exam and to work as a respiratory therapist in a medical facility with both their training and classes.
How to get Certified in Utah
Before you can work as a respiratory therapist in Utah, you must be licensed through the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. However, to be eligible to apply for the license you must meet the following requirements.
• Complete an accredited training program
• Pass the national certification exam
• Pass a criminal background check
The certification exam, authorized through the National Board for Respiratory Care, is a 160-question multiple-choice exam that you must complete within three hours. Once you’ve successfully passed the exam, you’re eligible to apply for licensure with the state.
Salaries for Respiratory Therapists in Utah
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that respiratory therapists earned a mean annual wage of $57,880 across the nation as of May 2013. Respiratory therapists working in Utah during the same period earned $56,140, a figure very close to the national average.
As of 2013, there were only about 700 respiratory therapists employed in Utah, according to the BLS. Salary.com reported that CRTs working in Salt Lake City in June 2014 earn about $53,515.
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