We have had several discussions with the appropriate stakeholders at The Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital about that side of the APRT training. We plan to work together with the administrative teams. This is the first program in the country, and there is currently no job description that exists. Our graduates will blaze their own trail and to work hard to find those niche opportunities that will allow them to practice at the level at which they’re educated. We require a letter of support from a physician for the application, these close (almost sponsorship-like) relationships should continue after graduation.
Update 2019: Both The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital are developing job descriptions and positions for the graduates of the MRT program.
About the APRT Credential
While there is no official credential at this time, we have decided that the resources we have at our institution, the needs assessment and the healthcare climate are poised for individuals to pioneer the way for this role.
The NBRC has trademarked the APRT as a name for the credential, but has not dedicated resources toward the credentialing exam (no programs until ours – so we understand why). We will use a combination of specialty credentials and our own graduate exam to assure that our graduates are prepared.
What about Licensing?
The OSRC (Ohio Society for Respiratory Care) has initiated conversations with representatives from the Ohio Medical Board about licensing for the APRT. They will be hosting information sessions on this topic in the Fall - Winter of 2019. Please attend.
Is this like an NP or PA?
Yes, the role of the APRT would be an advanced practice provider (NP or PA).
Can I do this program online?
At this time, the only option for completing the program is on-campus in Columbus, Ohio.