Keep ‘Em Breathing with a Respiratory Therapist Degree

Under a physician's supervision, respiratory therapists evaluate and administer respiratory care to patients with lung and breathing disorders. Some of the tasks of a respiratory therapist include the following:

  • Test lung capacity
  • Analyze test results
  • Draw blood samples
  • Provide breathing support to patients
  • Check on respiratory equipment performance

Research online to find free information on the schools that offer the best respiratory therapist programs. You'll have to obtain formal training to enter this field. Colleges, medical schools, vocational schools and others offer the education necessary to become a respiratory therapist.
Areas of training will include:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Human Anatomy

When you've satisfied the requirements, you can receive one or both of the following credentials from the National Board for Respiratory Care (MBRC):

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
  • Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)

Jobs for physical therapists exist in hospital respiratory care, anesthesiology, or pulmonary departments. Respiratory therapy clinics, nursing homes and physicians offices also have a need for respiratory therapists.

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