Respiratory Therapy - Schools and Careers
Become a healthcare professional – start a career in Respiratory Therapy
Healthcare professionals are well paid and in high demand. A career as a
Respiratory Therapist offers the opportunity for an exciting and rewarding
occupation in the healthcare profession. According to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, the job outlook is excellent, especially for Respiratory Therapists with
cardiopulmonary care skills or experience working with infants.
Respiratory Therapists must complete a minimum of a 2 year Associate Degree
and pass a State exam. All States (except Alaska and Hawaii), the District of
Columbia, and Puerto Rico require Respiratory Therapists to obtain a license.
Training is offered by community colleges, colleges and universities, and technical
schools. Training programs prepare graduates for jobs as Registered Respiratory
Therapists (RRT) or Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRT).
Hospitals employ the vast majority of Respiratory Therapists, but a growing
number of therapists will work in other settings such as Home Health Agencies,
Respiratory Therapy Clinics, Physician Offices and Rehabilitation Centers.
Respiratory Therapists may specialize in the following areas:
- Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics
- Critical Care
- Neonatal Care
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Sleep Laboratories
Respiratory Therapists and respiratory therapy technicians - also known as
respiratory care practitioners - evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing
or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory Therapists evaluate and treat all
types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully
developed to elderly people whose lungs are diseased.
Beginning a career as a Respiratory Therapist can be an important step in
securing your future.
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