Career Opportunities

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

  • Knowledge of the principles of:
    • General anatomy and physiology
    • Chemistry
    • Medical physics
    • Algebra
    • Microbiology
    • 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 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
    • 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
    • Airway management related to respiratory care

According to the American Association for Rrespiratory Care (AARC), the projected average salary of RTs working in the U.S. is over $62,000 a year. Read more details: AARC's Employment and Financial Outlook

Job opportunities in:

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

 

Contact

Respiratory Care
Trinity River Campus East
Center for Health Care Professions
245 E. Belknap Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Healthcare Professions Division
allied.health@tccd.edu

 

 

Updated June 29, 2015

 

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