Become an AARC Member
Joining this professional organization is a strong way to support the respiratory therapy profession. Did you know that this membership benefits you as well? A few "membership benefits" highlights include:
- $40 savings on NBRC Board Exams
- Discounted insurance and Dansko footwear
- Access to the AARC Career Services center
- Networking and professional promotion opportunities
- And SO MUCH MORE...
Additionally, as an AARC member, you are automatically a member of the state society where you reside. So, as a WSRC student member, you are eligible for the scholarships listed on the right.
The WSRC scholarship application process will open soon. Stayed tuned for more details...
Discounted Pricing for Students
To help students transition from the academic to the working world, the AARC offers a tiered pricing structure.
Year 1 enroll: $25
Year 2 renewal: $25
Year 3 renewal: $40
Year 4 renewal: $60
Year 5 and beyond renewal: Active Member Pricing
WSRC Student Liaisons
Each WSRC District has a student liaison to help current students connect with the WSRC Board of Directors. This is a new process for the WSRC so stayed tuned for updates as we navigate new waters.
District 1 Student Liaison
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Email Bryar »
District 2 Student Liaison
Mid-State Technical College
Email Kathleen »
District 3 Student Liaison
Please contact us if interested.
District 4 Student Liaison
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Email Amber »
District 5 Student Liaison
Email Liz »
District 6 Student Liaison
Western Technical College
Email Leann »
NBRC Board Exams
The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) is the respiratory therapy profession's credentialing organization. By providing competency testing (board exams), they ensure each candidate is qualified for the credential they are looking to earn. As a new graduate, you want to earn the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentials.
After a few years in your new career, you can take additional exams to earn additional credentials in specialty areas including:
- Adult Critical Care
- Pulmonary Function Technology
- Asthma Education
- Sleep Disorders.
Once you earn a credential, you must recertify through the NBRC Credential Maintenance Program every 5 years. This protects patient lives by ensuring quality in the respiratory therapy field. For more information, view the Credential Maintenance Program Brochure.
DID YOU KNOW?
In Wisconsin (and most other states), you cannot legally practice as a Respiratory Therapist without credentials.
DID YOU KNOW?
Beginning in 2022, each credential issued by the NBRC is awarded for a term of five years meaning your credentials EXPIRE!
DID YOU KNOW?
The NBRC has 3 OPTIONS for you to recertify your credentials.