Respiratory Therapist State Licensure Information

Practice acts and respiratory therapy licensure laws contain exemption or exception sections. Be aware that different state laws may exempt different individuals, entities or services. Most licensure board websites have both the statute and regulations. It is important to know exactly what the law or regulations permit in each state. Also be aware that most licensure boards have the authority to make changes to the respiratory practice act through rules, regulations and advisory opinions, and they frequently do. To assure you have the most accurate respiratory therapist state licensure information, refer to the respiratory therapy licensure boards’ sites. A list of state licensure board and committee contacts is available.

Affiliate # of Licenses Renewal Period C.E. Hours Fees
Alabama
Licensure
2,900 Biannual 24 $100—Initial
$75—Renewal
Alaska
No Act
Licensure
under review
Arizona
Licensure
4,000 Biennial 20 – 2 hours ethics. Minimum 5 Live $120—Initial
+ $100—App fee
$50—Fingerprint fee
$150—Renewal
Arkansas
Licensure
2,080 Annual 12 (Annually) $75—Initial
$40—Renewal
Temp—$35 (temps are not issued unless an emergency and at the discretion of the Exec. Dir. Per A.C.A. 17-99-305)
Late Fee—$10
State/Fed Criminal Background Checks
—$36.25
California
Licensure
23,490 Biennial 30- 3 hours board approved California Law and Professional Ethics every other renewal $300—Application fee
$300—Renewal fee
$49—Fingerprint out of state applicants
Colorado
Licensure
3,218 Biannual on 8/31 (even # yrs) None for renewal $85—Initial
$24—Renewal
Connecticut
Licensure
1,795 Annual 10 Annually.  Maximum of 5 hours self study $190—Initial
$105—Renewal
Delaware
Licensure
762 Biennial 20  (plus additional mandatory training in recognizing abuse and domestic violence see website) $101—Initial
$101—Renewal
District of Columbia
Licensure
698 Biennial (Jan 31 of each odd numbered yr) 16 , including 3 hrs ethics. Max 8hrs self study $254—Initial
$169—Renewal
$Variable Fee—Criminal Background Check
(CBC) Fed/State by L-1 Enrollment Services/Morpho Trust USA (CBC Fee is based on where the applicant/licensee resides)
Florida
Licensure
RRTs: 8,891
CRTs: 3,031
Biennial 24 (Biennially).  2 hrs prevention of medical errors AND 2 hrs Florida Laws & Rules
Max 12 hours self study courses
$165—Initial ($110 lic/$50 app)
$120—Renewal
Georgia
Licensure
5,610 Biennial 30 $150—Initial
$105—Renewal
$205 Late Renewal
$400 Reinstatement
Hawaii 706 Triennial None $340—3 yrs
Idaho
Licensure
974 Annual or Biennial 12 $100—Initial
$65—Renewal
Illinois
Licensure
6,446 Biennial 24 (biennially) $100—Initial
$120—Renewal
Indiana
Licensure
4,619 Biennial 15 (of which 7.5 must be “live”) $50—Initial
$50—Renewal
Iowa
Licensure
1,704 Biennial 24 (Max 12 hrs self study) $75 (plus cost of background check and fingerprint packet)—Initial
$75—Renewal
Kansas
Licensure
1,959 Annual 12 $80—Initial
$75—Renewal
$72—Online Renewal
Kentucky
Licensure
3,656 Biennial 24 $150—Initial
$90—Renewal
Louisiana
Licensure
3,495 Annual 10 $125—Initial
$38—Background Check
$85——Renewal
Maine
Licensure
677 RRTs & CRTs (combined) Annual None $86 (initial includes background ck. fee)
$65—Renewal
Maryland
Licensure
2,902 Biennial (May 30 every even yr) 16 $200—Initial
$186—Renewal
Massachusetts
Licensure
3,130 Biennial 15 $260—Full
$150—Limited
$110—Renewal
Michigan 5,219 Biennial None $95—Initial
$150—Renewal (2 years)
Minnesota
Licensure
2,014 Annual 24 (Biennially) $223.35—Initial
$90—Renewal
Mississippi
Licensure
2,644 Biennial 20 $75—Initial
$100—Renewal (2 years)
Missouri
Licensure
4,246 Biennial 24 $40—Initial
$20—Renewal
Montana
Licensure
621 Annual 24 (Biennially) $100—Initial ($50 app $50 license)
$75—Renewal (annually)
$50—Inactive renewal
Nebraska
Licensure
1,422 Biennial (on 6/1 even yrs) 20 $118—Initial
$118—Renewal
Nevada
Licensure
1,550 Biennial 20 including 2 hrs in ethics $100—Application
$185—Initial Reg fee 1st yr.fi
$92.50—Initial Reg fee in 2ed yr
$185—Renewal
$75 Criminal background check
New Hampshire
Licensure
609 Biennial 12 (Biennially) $110 + $60 application fee—Initial
$110—Renewal
New Jersey
Licensure
3,802 Biennial 30- must include at least- 1 hr infection control, 1 hr patient safety/medical errors, 1 hr ethics. (Max 20 hrs self study) $125—Application
$160—Initial
$160—Renewal
New Mexico
Licensure
1,170 Biennial 20 $150—Initial
$150—Renewal
$50—Temp permit
New York
Licensure
RRTs: 6,657
CRTs: 889
Triennial RRT—30 hrs (max 15 self study) CRT—24 hrs (max 12 self study) $294—Initial RRT
$154—Initial CRT
$207—Renewal RRT
$130—Renewal CRT
North Carolina
Licensure
4,719 Annual 12 (Max of 6 self study) $50—Application
$38—Criminal Background Check
$125—Initial License Fee
$75—Renewal Fee
North Dakota
Licensure
632 Annual 10 $80—RRT
$80—CRT
Ohio
Licensure
RCPs:  8,458
Limited Permit Holders: 306
Annual—limited permits; Biennial—license
holders
Limited Permit – Employment Based
10 CE/yr
RCPs 20 CE/2yr
1 hr  ethics or OH RC law review required
$75—Initial RCP
$100—License Renewal
$20—Limited Permit
$10—Permit Renewal
Oklahoma
Licensure
2,238 Biennial 12 $100—Initial
$50—Renewal
$33.49—Background Check
Oregon
Licensure
1,872 Annual 7/yr $50—Application fee
$50—Exam Fee
$50—Licensing fee
$52—Renewal ($47 online) Includes renewal
and annual required survey
Pennsylvania
Licensure
549 (Bd of Osteo Med)
6,830 (Bd of Med)
Biennial 30 hrs
At least 10 hrs Traditional (live)
1 hr medical ethics
1 hr patient safety
2 hrs (for renewal), 3 hrs (for initial) in child abuse recognition & reporting.
$30—Initial
$25—Renewal
Puerto Rico
Licensure
2,727 Triennial 30 $110—Initial
$60——Application
$25—Renewal
Rhode Island
Licensure
661 Biennial 12 $60—Initial
$60—Renewal
South Carolina
Licensure
2,917 Biennial 30 $120—Initial
$75—Renewal
South Dakota
Licensure
477 Biennial 20 $75—Initial
$60—Renewal
Tennessee
Licensure
3,565 RRTs
1,350 CRTs
8 Resp Care Assistants
Biennial 12 (Annually).  Must include at least 1 hr patient safety AND  1 hr ethics.  (Max 7 hrs self study) $150——Initial & App.
$100—Renewal
$32.65—Background check
Texas
Licensure
14,568 Biennial 24- must include at least 2 hrs ethics. (Max 12 hours self study) $125—Initial
$117—Renewal
$55—Temp
$38.50—Fingerprint
Utah
Licensure no changes
1,419 Biennial None $60—Initial
$52—Renewal
Vermont
Licensure
380 Biennial 12 hours in a 2-year period $100—Initial
$240—Renewal
Virginia
Licensure
3,930 Biennial 20 $130—Initial
$108—Renewal
Washington
Licensure
3,046 Biennial 30 (2 years) $140—Initial
$110—Renewal
$50—Temp
West Virginia
Licensure
1,746 Annual 20 (Biennially) $200—Initial/Reinstatement
$55—Nov. Renewal
$65—Dec. Renewal
Wisconsin
Licensure
2,940 Biennial June 30 on even years None $150—Initial
$141—Renewal
$170—A/O
Wyoming
Licensure
448 Annual 8 (annually) $100—Application
$40—Temp. permit/lic.
$100—Renewal (paper)
$50—Renewal (online)