Respiratory Therapy is an allied health profession instrumental in providing diagnosis, treatment, management and preventive care of patients with cardio/pulmonary problems. As one of the most rapidly growing fields, Respiratory Therapy today offers a wide variety of exciting career challenges and opportunities.
Using high tech ventilatory and monitoring equipment, the therapist fulfills a vital role in patient care techniques. Working in the emergency room, surgery, newborn nursery, medical and surgical floors, intensive care units, and even the patient’s home, respiratory therapists are an essential part of the healthcare team.
The National Board of Respiratory Therapy offers two levels of credentialing. Certified Respiratory Therapist and Registered Respiratory Therapist. Career preparation now includes at least the equivalent of an associate degree, with many candidates pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Extensive clinical and classroom studies of respiratory care techniques are necessary for the graduate to be prepared and eligible to take the credentialing exams administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care.