Answering the Call
We are celebrating the specialized skills of respiratory therapists and spotlighting the vital role you play every day. Together, we continue to overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, but the need for more respiratory therapists will keep rising for years to come. Powerful stories from respiratory therapists, physicians, patients and others will inspire more people to join the profession, fulfilling the demand for high-quality respiratory care for all who need it now and in the future.
—The National Board for Respiratory (NBRC), the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), and the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
A Message from the 20th U.S. Surgeon General
Former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, FASA, joins our #WorldNeedsMoreRTs campaign to share the importance of respiratory care and encourage more people to join this rewarding profession that provides critical care for so many.
Help Us Address the Shortage
The increasing shortage of respiratory therapists is a serious challenge for us all. Across the healthcare industry, we owe it to patients and their families – and to ourselves – to expand specialization in respiratory care and elevate the profession. Together, we can raise our voices to spread awareness and interest in the lifesaving field of respiratory therapy.
Become a Respiratory Therapist
Are you just beginning to zero in on what you want to do with your life? Perhaps you are already in the working world but are looking for a more exciting or meaningful career path. No matter where you are in life, it’s never too soon or too late to begin thinking about a career as a respiratory therapist. We’ve provided some simple steps and resources to help you find your way. The path starts here.
Become an RT Educator
Be an inspiration. Shape the future. Advance your career. Transform your advanced degree into a leadership position as an educator in respiratory care – and make a lasting impact on the accessibility of respiratory therapy for years to come. Like the shortage of RTs, the shortage of educators is very real and a growing concern. If you are an experienced RT with an advanced degree and a desire to lead, you are the solution.
VOICES FROM THE FRONT LINES
We Want to Hear Your Story
If you are a respiratory therapist – or a clinical colleague, educator or patient of a respiratory therapist – you can help us lead the way in shaping the future of the profession. Share with others your firsthand knowledge of respiratory therapy’s life-changing contributions, as we join together to meet the ongoing need to help the world breathe better – one patient at a time.