Specialty Credentials

What does the NBRC have to offer?

The NBRC offers 4 specialty exams:

1. Adult Critical Care

2. Pulmonary Function Technologists

3. Neonatal/Pediatric

4. Sleep Disorders and Therapeutic Interventions

Adult Critical Care

  • The Adult Critical Care Specialty Examination program is designed specifically for a respiratory therapist with the RRT credential and experience in the field of adult critical care.
  • this examination will focus on competencies unique to therapists practicing in an adult critical care setting and not basic competenies of general respiratory care.
  • Applicant shall be a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for at least one year prior to applying for the Adult Critical Care Specialty Examination
  • You may apply online using the "Submit Application" link located on each examination page or complete and submit a paper application and appropriate fee when the admission requirements are satisfied.
  • The cost for a new applicant is $300 and for a repeat applicant it is $250.
  • 170 questions in 4 hours.

Pulmonary Function Technologist

  • CPFT and RPFT are combined into one exam.
  • If a candidate achieves the lower cut score, they will earn the CPFT credential. If a candidate achieves the higher cut score, they will earn the RPFT credential.
  • is designed to objectively measure essential tasks required of a pulmonary function technologist. candidates have 2 hours to complete the exam.
  • 115 multiple‐choice items (100 scored, 15 pretest) distributed among the three major content areas: instrumentation/equipment, procedures, and data management.
  • The PFT Examination costs $200 for new applicants and $170 for repeatapplicants.

  • applicant must satisfy ONE of the following:
  1. Have a minimum of an associate degree from a respiratory therapy education program supported or accredited by CoARC or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and graduated on or before November 11, 2009
  2. Be a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentialed by the NBRC.
  3. Complete 62 semester hours of college credit from a college or university accredited by its regional association or its equivalent, including college credit level courses in biology, chemistry and mathematics. A minimum of six months of clinical experience* in the field of pulmonary function technology is also required prior to applying for the examination

Neonatal/ Pediatric

  • designed to objectively measure essential knowledge, skills, and abilities required of respiratory therapists in this specialty area.

  • consists of 140 multiple-choice questions (120 scored items and 20 pretest items) distributed among three major content areas: clinical data, equipment, and therapeutic procedures. Candidates will be given three hours to complete this examination.

  • Achievement of the CRT credential plus one year of clinical experience in neonatal/pediatric respiratory care OR the RRT credential is required for admission to the Neonatal/Pediatric Specialty Examination.

  • The Neonatal/Pediatric Specialty Examination costs $250 for new applicants and $220 for reapplicants.

Sleep Disorders

  • designed specifically for a respiratory therapist with an NBRC respiratory care credential and experience or education in the field of sleep medicine.

  • the examination focuses on competencies that are unique to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with sleep disorders and will not include items about general respiratory care content.

  • Candidates will have four hours to complete the 180-item examination.​

  • The Sleep Disorders Specialty Examination costs $300 for new applicants and $250 for reapplicants.

  • applicants must satisfy ONE of the following:
  1. Be a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) having completed a CoARC or CAAHEP accredited respiratory therapist education program including a sleep add-on track
  2. Be a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) for at least 6 months prior to applying for the Sleep Disorders Specialty Examination.
  3. Be a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for at least 3 months prior to applying for the Sleep Disorders Specialty Examination.

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For more information regarding a certain test, free practice tests, and self examination tests, please visit the NBRC website.