What to know about Respiratory Therapy:
- Respiratory care is among the top 15 fastest growing jobs with an estimated growth of almost 50% over the next 10 years.
- The national average salary for a respiratory therapist is almost $40,000.
- Graduates with a BS degree in Respiratory Therapy can become supervisors and department managers within 3-5 years after graduating.
- Respiratory therapists exercise considerable independent clinical judgment under the direct or indirect supervision of a physician. They act as technical resource persons for both physicians and other health care professionals.
- Therapists administer many medical gases and cardio respiratory drugs and are trained to perform and evaluate the results of diagnostic tests such as arterial blood gases and pulmonary function studies.
- Therapists often assist physicians with procedures such as bronchoscopies, arterial cannula insertions, and heart catheterizations.
- Therapists work in a variety of settings including intensive care units, general care areas of the hospital, diagnostic laboratories, nursing homes, clinics, and patient homes are becoming common sites for the practice of respiratory therapy.
Degrees in Respiratory Therapy:
B.S. in Respiratory Therapy