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Respiratory Therapist

Helping others breathe easier.

Helping others breathe easier.

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A Message from Chief Therapist Officer CAPT Richardson

Becoming a clinical and rehabilitation therapist officer in the USPHS Commissioned Corps
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Qualifications

Bachelor's or master's degree in respiratory therapy from a school or college accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC) or Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) at the time of graduation
Active, current, unrestricted, and valid Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) license from any U.S. State, Washington D.C., territory, or commonwealth. The RRT program must be recognized by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). Certified or registered pulmonary function technician/technologist is not a qualifying certification.
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Benefits

College loan repayment
Health and dental care at low or no cost
Mobility between government agencies
Tax-free housing and meal allowances
Financial support for education through the Post-9/11 GI Bill
Retirement pension plan
Career advancement and pay increases with years of service
Flexibility to work in a variety of settings

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