Thomas Edison State University - The Office for Assessment of Professional and Workplace Learning

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The Office for Assessment of Professional and Workplace Learning

Here's your roadmap to finishing your University degree faster with APR credits from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credential.

How many college credits is it worth?

The most current University review identified up to 40 credit(s) in course equivalencies at Thomas Edison State University for successfully completing the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credential. A student's credit eligibility is determined according to the submission of appropriate documentation as well as the documented date of successful credential completion. If you completed your credential outside the effective dates listed in the following table, check the notes below the table for any reference to an earlier University review.

The credential components have been divided into the following courses:
(TIP: Hover over each column heading for a description)

RRT - current Credits TESU Course
Effective Dates For Staff Use
Anatomy & Physiology with Lab4BIO-2111/2015 - 12/2019 RESP.THER
Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology3RET-3211/2015 - 12/2019 RESP.THER
Clinical Practice 4RET-3321/2015 - 12/2019 RESP.THER
Clinical Practice 5RET-3331/2015 - 12/2019 RESP.THER
Patient Assessment3RET-3141/2015 - 12/2019 RESP.THER
Mechanical Ventilation4RET-3221/2015 - 12/2019 RESP.THER
Respiratory Therapy Equipment4RET-3241/2015 - 12/2019 RESP.THER
Respiratory Therapy Techniques4RET-3281/2015 - 12/2019 RESP.THER
Pediatric/Neonatal Respiratory Therapy3RET-3261/2015 - 12/2019 RESP.THER
Pulmonary Function3RET-3231/2015 - 12/2019 RESP.THER
Pharmacology-Respiratory3RET-3041/2015 - 12/2019 RESP.THER
RRT - issued prior to 2015 Credits TESU Course
Effective Dates For Staff Use
Anatomy and Physiology I With Lab3BIO-2111/1950 - 12/2014 RESP.THER
Emergency Medical Technology2HEA-1911/1950 - 12/2014 RESP.THER
Nurse/Patient Techniques2HEA-1931/1950 - 12/2014 RESP.THER
Pharmacology-Respiratory2HEA-2821/1950 - 12/2014 RESP.THER
Mechanical Ventilation4RET-1221/1950 - 12/2014 RESP.THER
Respiratory Therapy Equipment5RET-1241/1950 - 12/2014 RESP.THER
Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology3RET-2121/1950 - 12/2014 RESP.THER
Gas, Humidity & Aerosol Therapy4RET-2221/1950 - 12/2014 RESP.THER
Pulmonary Function4RET-2241/1950 - 12/2014 RESP.THER
Pediatric Respiratory Therapy2RET-2261/1950 - 12/2014 RESP.THER
Respiratory Therapy Techniques5RET-2281/1950 - 12/2014 RESP.THER
Therapist Pulmonary Rehabilitation2RET-2291/1950 - 12/2014 RESP.THER
Clinical Practice-Therapist A3RET-2321/1950 - 12/2014 RESP.THER
Clinical Practice-Therapist B3RET-2331/1950 - 12/2014 RESP.THER

Note: Students may apply these APR credits at Thomas Edison State University to any part of a degree program, including the area of study, as long as they are appropriate and do not exceed the limitation of transferable credits from any one source. Degree programs related to your APR credits are listed next under “What can I study?”

What can I study? top of page


How do I get started? top of page

  • Submit documentation of successful completion

    Students must submit a notarized copy of their RRT credential to the Office of the Registrar, Thomas Edison State University, 111 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608, along with this cover sheet. Or, credentialed practitioners may place an order for a credential verification letter to be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar at the address above. Fees may apply and user accounts must be set-up through NBRC's website.


Can I transfer APR credit to another institution? top of page

If you are seeking to transfer the APR credits to another college, the decision whether or not to accept these credits in transfer rests with that college. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the receiving institution's academic policy will allow transfer of each credit. Thomas Edison State University offers a non-degree service called Individual Learning Account that may be helpful.

If you would like to request a copy of the APR report for a particular organization or credential, please email your request to and include the following:

  • Your name
  • Your phone number
  • Your complete mailing address
  • Name of Reviewed Organization or Credential
  • Date you completed course(s), program, or credential

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