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Fact Sheet: Change to Rule 360-13-.01, "Requirements for Board Certification." 


  • The Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB) currently issues new RCP licenses to applicants who hold the CRT or RRT credential.
  • Once licensed in Georgia, the GCMB requires RCPs to renew their license every two years.
  • For new graduates, the GCMB currently issues a temporary permit giving them 12 months to obtain their CRT credential and become eligible to upgrade to a full RCP license.
  • The AARC has long encouraged all respiratory therapists to obtain the RRT credential, stating that “possessing the RRT credential exemplifies the dedication of a respiratory therapist to professional excellence and demonstrates a commitment to providing care at the highest possible level.”
  • On May 20, 2017 the GSRC Board of Directors unanimously took a position in support of the proposed rule change
  • On June 9, 2017, the GCMB Board voted to adopt the proposed rule change.

What is the rule change?

  • The rule change requires each new RCP licensure applicant to become an RRT in order to obtain a permanent license
  • This means that new RCP licensure applicants will need to pass both the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination and the Clinical Simulation Examination given by the National Board of Respiratory Care.

Who is affected by this change?

  • This rule change applies to NEW applicants only.

    The proposed rule change DOES NOT change or negate the current RCP license that a CRT holds in the state of Georgia.  All CRTs who currently hold a RCP license will continue to do so as long as they do not have their license revoked or fail to renew.

    NEW GRADS (December 2017 and after)
    If adopted, the change will require the graduate to obtain the RRT credential within 12 months in order to upgrade to full licensure.

    If adopted, the rule change will require that all new RCP licensure applicants MUST hold the RRT credential.   

What happens next?

  • The most likely implementation date will be January 1, 2018 (pending approval by the Governor.) 
  • Students graduating in December of 2017 and after need to be prepared to take both the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination and the Clinical Simulation Examination.

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Legislative Update for the 2017-2018 Session

Click here for GSRC's full summary of the 2017 Session of the Georgia General Assembly. 


Feel free to contact the GSRC Executive Office.

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