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Requirements for Respiratory Therapist

Full License:

  1. Completed application submitted to the Arkansas State Medical Board with fee enclosed.


  2. Act 1249 of 2005 requires the Arkansas State Medical Board to conduct criminal background checks (both state and federal) on all applicants for licensure. Please understand that the processing time to complete a federal criminal background check can take a minimum of two weeks. This is done through the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas State Medical Board has no control over the amount of time that this takes.


  3. An instruction packet will be mailed to each applicant after receipt of their license application and fee. No recent or other background checks from other sources (employment, etc.) will be accepted.


  4. Verification of Education Form completed.


  5. Official transcript from respiratory school/program.


  6. Verification of State License or from any other state where a license has been or is currently held by the applicant.


  7. The applicant must list three (3) references on their application from other respiratory therapists, clinical supervisors or fieldwork supervisors which recommend the applicant for licensure.


  8. Signed and dated Rules and Regulations Affidavit.


  9. Signed and dated Authorization and Release form.


  10. Verification of Certification from NBRC, which must include any disciplinary action(s) taken against the applicant.


  11. Hospital/Facility Affiliation Form - the applicant completes his or her portion of the form and forwards to respiratory department directors he or she has worked during the last five (5) years for their verification of employment.


  12. Verification of Employment (non-therapy) -- Complete the top portion of this form, and send a copy to every employer where you have worked in a non-therapy-related position in the last five (5) years.



Temporary License

  1. Completed application submitted to the Arkansas State Medical Board with fee enclosed.


  2. Verification of Education form completed.


  3. Official Transcript from respiratory school/program.


  4. Signed and dated Authorization and Release form.


  5. The applicant must list three (3) references on their application from other respiratory therapists, clinical supervisors or fieldwork supervisors that recommend the applicant for licensure.


  6. Signed and dated Rules and Regulations Affidavit.


  7. Provide proof that they have registered to sit for the NBRC Exam.


  8. After taking and passing the NBRC Exam, the applicant can either have the verification of passing score mailed to the Board or they can provide a notarized copy of their original score sheet.


  9. Verification of Employment (non-therapy) -- Complete the top portion of this form, and send a copy to every employer where you have worked in a non-therapy-related position in the last five (5) years.