Successful 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
- 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:
- Home care
- Physician office
- Hospice care
- Polysomnography/sleep studies
- Exercise and stress testing
- Transport/careflite medicine
Healthcare Professions Division
Updated August 26, 2013