Career Opportunities

Career Coach buttonSuccessful completion of the respiratory care program provides the graduate with:

  • Knowledge of the principles of the general anatomy and physiology, chemistry, medical physics, algebra, microbiology, and psychology related to the field of respiratory care.
  • Knowledge of the structure and function of pathology and pathophysiology of the cardio-respiratory system, and diseases and disturbances in the neonatal, pediatric, and adult patients.
  • Familiarization with common drugs, medical terminology, and major disease processes with detailed knowledge of cardio-pulmonary drugs and pulmonary pathology.
  • An understanding of public health, history of medical practice, the total medical team, human relations, professional ethics, legal responsibilities, and administrative procedures in health care institutions.
  • In-depth knowledge and practical experience with patient care, including understanding of psycho-social needs, application of communication and observation skills; and safety measures pertinent to respiratory care.
  • An understanding in the use of equipment, materials, procedures, and techniques in the areas of administration of gases, humidification, ventilation, resuscitation, chest physiotherapy, gas analysis, and airway management related to respiratory care.  

According to the 2005 Human Resources Study from the AARC, the projected annual earnings of respiratory therapists working in the US is $56,222. Beginning hourly wages ranged from $19.97-27.03 an hour with shift differentials. 

Job opportunities in:

  • Hospitals
  • Home care
  • Physician office
  • Rehabilitation
  • Education
  • Hospice care
  • Polysomnography/sleep studies
  • Exercise and stress testing
  • Transport/careflite medicine

 

Contact

Healthcare Professions Division
allied.health@tccd.edu

 

 

Updated August 26, 2013

 

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