Respiratory Therapists work with patients ranging from infants to adults and perform procedures such as arterial blood gas analysis, intubation and ventilator management. Respiratory Therapists also play a vital role in patient education in the areas of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Respiratory Care is a two-year program and provides the advanced training and skills needed to work in a variety of health care settings. Career opportunities may include employment in Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care Units (ICUs and NICUs), general floor therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, sleep labs and transport teams.
Duties may include: management of Mechanical Ventilators, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, obtaining and analyzing Arterial Blood Gases and acting as members of resuscitation team for patients who are experiencing pulmonary and/or cardiac distress or failure.
Median Salary: 51,900 ($39,200- $69,600)