This program prepares therapists to work with physicians in diagnosing, treating and monitoring patients of all ages with lung diseases or disorders. Respiratory therapists are responsible for delivery and monitoring of patients on oxygen, inhaled medications and breathing exercises/treatments, and for the management of patients requiring artificial airways and mechanical ventilation. Career opportunities are within hospitals, home health care agencies, clinics and extended care facilities. Emphasis throughout the program is on developing a knowledge and skills foundation that enables students to independently practice assessing and evaluating patients and making recommendations regarding their care. The graduate must be prepared to work in a highly technical environment under pressure to perform life-preserving procedures at times.
Shared programs give students access to career majors that might not otherwise be available at their local college. Where these career fields are in high demand, two or more colleges may agree to share program components at the individual colleges. Because the colleges are collaborating, students may need to attend certain classes at another college to fulfill the program requirements. For more information please contact one of the colleges listed.
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Certified Respiratory Therapist
Respiratory Care Practitioner
Respiratory Therapy Technician