Respiratory Therapists in Michigan are licensed health care providers. In order to be licensed you must earn a minimum of an Associate degree and successfully complete National exams. As a Respiratory Therapist you will be qualified to assume primary clinical responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including responsibilities involved in the supervision of Certified Respiratory Therapist functions. The registered therapist is also capable of serving as a resource person to the physician with regard to current practices in respiratory care and to the hospital staff regarding effective and safe methods for administering respiratory care. Respiratory therapists who have a minimum of an associate degree from a respiratory therapy education program supported by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), or its predecessors the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), or the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education (JRCRTE) are eligible to apply for registration by the National Board for Respiratory Care. The process consists of one written exam and clinical simulation. Applicants must pass both to be awarded the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.