National Board for Respiratory Care

National Board for Respiratory Care
National Board for Respiratory Care
Type non-profit organization
Industry Health care
Founded 1960
Headquarters Olathe, Kansas, United States
Area served United States

The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Inc. is a non-profit organization[1] formed in 1986 with the purpose of awarding and maintaining credentialing for Respiratory therapists in the United States.

The NBRC is the only entity currently responsible for developing the licensure examinations for Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) and Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRTs). The NBRC also offers additional specialization credentialing for Respiratory Therapists.

The CRT and RRT designations are the standard credential in respiratory therapy for licensure requirements in the portions of the United States that have enacted a Respiratory Care Act. States that license respiratory therapists sometimes require the practitioner to maintain their NBRC credentialing to maintain their license to practice.

The NBRC is headquartered in Olathe, Kansas. It has been in the Kansas City metropolitan area since 1974. Both the NBRC and Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP), are located at 18000 W. 105th St., Olathe, Kansas 66061-7543. [2]


Former names of the NBRC

  • Inhalation Therapy Association (1943)
  • American Association of Inhalation Therapists (AAIT). (1954)
  • American Association for Inhalation Therapy (AAIT). (1966)
  • The Board of Schools of Inhalation Therapy Technicians. (1970)
  • Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education (JRCRTE).
  • National Board for Respiratory Therapy (NBRT). (1974)


Level 1 (Entry Level)

Certification is the entry level and is separated as such by the NBRC. Certified Respiratory Therapists and Certified Pulmonary Function Technologists require oversight and supervision by their level 2 counterparts.

Level 2 (Advanced Practice)

The term the NBRC uses to designate an advanced practitioner is the addition to an advanced practitioner registry. Registered Respiratory Therapist and Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist being the two advanced credentialings maintanied by the NBRC.


The NBRC has sub-specialties for the Respiratory Therapist designations. Both the CRT and the RRT are eligible to sit for additional credentialing but the CRT still requires the same supervision by the RRT in clinical applications.

Sleep Disorders Specialist — The sleep disorder specialist (RRT-SDS or CRT-SDS) is a credential recognized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for the role of Scoring in sleep studies.

Neonatal & Pediatric Specialist — The neonatal and pediatric specialist (RRT-NPS or CRT-NPS) is a respiratory therapist that may work in advanced care in pediatrics and neonatology centers and units.

Adult Critical Care Specialist — The adult critical care specialist is an RRT (RRT-ACCS) or CRT (CRT-ACCS) that is a pulmonary and hemodymanic specialist in intensive medicine in adult practice.


The NBRC owns its own testing corporation, AMP.[3] AMP is a private stock corporation located in the Kansas City metropolitan area. AMP was incorporated in the state of Kansas in 1982 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Inc.

Examinations maintained by the NBRC

Respiratory Therapist

  • NBRC-ELE — The Entry Level Examination is the initial test that awards the Certified Respiratory Therapist credential.
  • NBRC-WRE — The Written Registry Examination is an advanced test used alongside the CSE to grant credential for the Registered Respiratory Therapist.
  • NBRC-CSE — The Clinical Simulation Examination is a test in which the test-taker accepts the role as an autonomous respiratory therapist handling all sorts of intervention and therapy.

Specialization of the Respiratory Therapist

  • NBRC-SSE — Sleep Specialist Examination, an examination for Sleep Disorder Specialization.
  • NBRC-ACCSE — Adult Critical Care Specialist Examination
  • NBRC-NPSE — Neonatal and Pediatric Specialist Examination

Pulmonary Function Technologist

  • NBRC-CPFTE — Certfication examination for Pulmonary Function Technology
  • NBRC-RPFTE — Registry examination.

Related organizations

See also

External links


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  3. ^ ; AMP website, .
  4. ^ AARC website,

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