Respiratory care practitioners help treat patients with a wide range of cardiopulmonary illnesses, including such problems as asthma or heart failure. Respiratory care includes diagnostic testing and administering oxygen, various other gases and aerosol drugs.
Under a physician’s supervision, respiratory care practitioners plan and assist with patient care and serve as a resource for professionals in other health care fields. They work in various settings, including hospital acute care and intensive care unites, hospital neonatal units (for premature infants), and outpatient rehabilitation facilities, nursing home, home care and diagnostic laboratories.
This program is a sequence of lecture, laboratory and clinical courses, comprehensive on-site training provides opportunities for students to become skilled and confident in respiratory care procedures. Program graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care examination to become registered Respiratory Therapists.
This program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
JOB GROWTH & WAGES
The Projected Average Salary of respiratory therapists working in the U.S. is over $62,000 a year. In Massachusetts, respiratory therapists earn a median wage of $46,800 and $75,770. Salary ranges vary depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession, and location within the state. (www1.salary.com/MA/Springfield/Registered-Respiratory-Therapist-Salary)
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase faster than average over the next decade. While U.S. employment in general is forecast to increase by 15 percent, the need for respiratory therapists will grow by up to 26 percent. (www.aarc.org)
POTENTIAL JOB TITLES
SEMESTER 1Anatomy & Physiology I
Essentials of Chemistry
English Composition I
Math for Health Sciences
SEMESTER 2Essentials of Pharmacology
Anatomy & Physiology II
Respiratory Care I: Theory and Practice
English Composition II
Respiratory Care II: Theory and Practice
Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology
SEMESTER 4Respiratory Care III: Theory and Practice
SUMMER SEMESTERRespiratory Care Practicum