West Virginia Society for Respiratory Care

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Respiratory Therapists

to care for West Virginians

What is an RT?

Want to learn more about the field of Respiratory Care? Interested in becoming a Respiratory Therapist?


Resources for Respiratory Therapists to further their knowledge, hone their skills, and obtain CEUs.



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The WV Board of Respiratory Care provides oversight of the licensing of RTs in the State of West Virginia. View licensing requirements, renew license, continuing education requirements and more.


Information on the WVSRC Board as well as elected board members and committees.



Welcome to the West Virginia Society for Respiratory Care (WVSRC)!  The WVSRC is a chartered affiliate of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).  The WVSRC is the professional organization for respiratory therapists practicing in the State of West Virginia.  The WVSRC provides leadership to the state profession, advocates for patient safety and for the profession nationally and locally and offers educational seminars for continuing education credits for education and training of respiratory care professionals.

Become a member!

Be a part of the WVSRC Now! Your Membership makes a difference. By becoming an American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) member and by selecting WV as your state of participation, you will receive automatic membership into the WVSRC! This membership provides discounts to WVSRC hosted events and conferences as well as supporting advocacy efforts in the state and in Washington D.C. to support and pass legislation important to respiratory therapists and our patients. View the AARC website for member benefits, pricing including special student discounts and associate memberships, as well as access to specialty topic sections.

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Upcoming Events

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AARC Summer Forum

Mark your calendar—we want to see you at AARC Congress 2023! Congress is the largest gathering of respiratory therapists from around the world. Get ready to learn, grow, network, and have fun. We’ll see you in Nashville, TN on Nov. 5–8 (Sun–Wed). #AARC23 https://www.aarc.org/education/live-courses/aarc-meetings/congress-save-the-date-2023/

History, music, and respiratory therapy! AARC Congress 2023 is headed to Nashville, TN! Will we see you there? Registration will open later this summer. Mark your calendar now! #AARC23  https://www.aarc.org/education/live-courses/aarc-meetings/congress-save-the-date-2023/

Let’s show that West Virginia is #RTSTRONG at AARC Congress 2023! Will you be there to network and learn from the best in respiratory care? Registration will open later this summer. Mark your calendar now! #AARC23 https://www.aarc.org/education/live-courses/aarc-meetings/congress-save-the-date-2023

NBRC Exam Changes

“At its April 9, 2022, meeting, the NBRC Board of Trustees voted to make a significant change to the examination system for the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentials which will be implemented in January 2027. The NBRC is transitioning to a single examination to further minimize barriers to graduates as they enter the profession while maintaining the standards of excellence associated with the CRT and RRT credentials. As you may recall, the Board of Trustees made an important transition in 2015 by removing the second multiple-choice examination that candidates had to take to earn the RRT credential, so this is a continuation of those efforts.”

For the full story, check out the post on the NBRC website here.

Annual programs

Student Scholarships

The West Virginia Society for Respiratory Care is offering a maximum of four $150 scholarships to eligible students.  To be eligible you must be in your last year of a CoARC accredited Respiratory Care program in West Virginia listed below.  There will be one winner from each of the four WV-based schools. In the event not all schools have representation we will divide $600 equally among the winners. 

Deadline: To enter, please complete the attached form and email it to Hillary Dean at Hillary.Dean@ThomasHealth.org by 11:59 PM December 31, 2023.

Applications will be reviewed by select individuals or past WVSRC Board members, who are not staff members of any of the Respiratory programs. Reviewers are blinded to student names.  Reviewers will only see the school name and applications will be identified as “application 1” as an example.  If you have any questions about eligibility, please discuss with your program instructors.  The winners will be notified by the WVSRC Board.  Good luck!

Eligible Programs:
Carver Career Center
Marshall University / St. Mary’s Medical Center
Pierpont Community & Technical College
Southern West Virginia Community College


Making a difference

Linda explains the role that respiratory therapists and pulmonary rehabilitation had in reclaiming her life. She tells of the difficulty she endured in learning how to live with COPD, including the struggles she dealt with daily. Respiratory therapist played a key role in her learning how to enjoy life again.