Respiratory Care Licensing and Credentialing

Tennessee Licensure

Any individual who practices respiratory care in the State of Tennessee must possess a Respiratory Care Practitioner License. For more specific information regarding licensure, see program faculty or call the Board of Respiratory Care at 615-741-3807or 1-800-778-4123 to speak with someone at the state level agency.

Professional Credentialing

It is the goal of this program to graduate qualified respiratory therapists who will apply for registration through the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).The Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination is designed to objectively measure essential knowledge, skills, and abilities required of entry-level respiratory therapists, as well as determine eligibility for the Clinical Simulation Examination.  The TMC and CS exam content outline is available at the following links: TMC: TMC Exam content outline and the CSE: CSE content outline

There are two established cut scores for the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination. If a candidate achieves the lower cut score, they will earn the CRT credential. If a candidate achieves the higher cut score, they will earn the CRT credential AND become eligible for the Clinical Simulation Examination (provided that those eligibility requirements are met and the candidate is eligible to earn the RRT credential).‚Äč The CRT and/or RRT credentials are used as the basis for the licensure in all of the 49 states that regulate the practice of respiratory care.