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Respiratory Therapy Career

Make a difference in the lives of individuals by working as a respiratory therapist. You can provide life saving oxygen treatment and positively affect someone's life.

Improve someone's quality of life. You can have the opportunity to care for patients with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders. Assist individuals improve their health, extend their life, or make him or her more comfortable by getting oxygen into their system. As a respiratory therapist, you can work under a physician to provide care to patients by providing diagnostic procedures, consulting with and working in conjunction with other health care professionals to provide, develop, and modify care plans.

You can care for severely ill patients of all ages from infant to geriatric. Illnesses that you can treat include under-developed lungs to lung disease, asthma, emphysema, and providing emergency service to accident victims or intensive care patients.

Requirements of the Job
  • Test patient's breathing and conduct exams to determine breathing capacity and oxygen concentration
  • Determine the patient's lung capacity
  • Work closely with physicians to provide information about oxygen, carbon dioxide, and blood pH levels
Treatments can include providing oxygen or oxygen mixtures, chest physiotherapy, medications, patient education, hooking up ventilators by inserting a tube into the trachea, pulmonary rehabilitation, disease prevention, and case management.

You can work in a hospital setting, in-home care, providing family education, clean equipment, evaluate the patient's environment, and provide emergency home visits.

Education to Become a Respiratory Therapist

In order to have a respiratory therapy career, most states require a license in Certified Respiratory Therapist Credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) as well as graduate from an entry-level or advanced accredited program.

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