At Platt College, you can gain the skills you need to be a vital member of a healthcare team with Respiratory Care training. The Associate of Science in Respiratory Care program combines in-class work with hands-on training in our simulation labs. Plus, you can get real-world experience during clinical rotations at local area hospitals, setting you on the path for an exciting career in the health industry.
Our Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) – (*Probationary Accreditation), and upon successful completion of our respiratory care training, you will earn your Associate of Science degree. Program graduates are eligible to take the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) entry-level Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exam and more advanced Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) exam.
With small class sizes that provide individual attention to each student, convenient class schedules, industry-experienced instructors, and career services to help you secure a new job, Platt College is ready to help you gain the skills needed to start a new career as a Respiratory Therapist.
Training to Become a Respiratory Therapist
Our Respiratory Care training can prepare you for a job at hospitals, home health centers, and nursing homes. Some of the types of classes that you can expect to take during your Respiratory Care training include:
- Respiratory Care Procedures
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Respiratory Pharmacology
- Introduction to Psychology
- Computer Literacy and Applications
During your classroom lessons, you can learn how to use, and the proper care of, tools and equipment used as a Respiratory Therapist. Some of the equipment you may handle include:
- Oxygen cylinders and concentrators
- Suction machines
- CPAP and BIPAP machines
- Oxygen monitors
Our Respiratory Care program is not only designed to give you the skills to prepare you to enter the job market, but also assist you in marketing yourself for the right career opportunity through the assistance of our Career Services team.
What Does a Respiratory Therapist Do?
Respiratory Therapists are a very important part of the healthcare team. They assist patients of all ages who are having difficulty breathing due to illness, cardiovascular disorders, and more. To be successful in helping your patients, you should possess good interpersonal skills, patience, and compassion. Respiratory Therapist duties can be broken into three categories – clerical duties, clinical duties, and communications.
- Monitor and notate a patient’s progress
- Collaborate with the doctor on treatment plans
- Review patient information to assess their condition and adjust treatment if needed
- Inspect, test, clean and maintain respiratory equipment
You may work closely with a physician on a daily basis to help develop a patient’s treatment plan. You may also be required to use specialized software to run equipment or to electronically record tests results and other information in the patient’s charts.
- Interview and examine patients to record their medical history and measure oxygen levels
- Connect a patient to a ventilator to assist with breathing
- Vibrate and tap a patient’s chest to force coughing and mucus removal
- Measure a patient’s lung capacity
- Analyze a tissue or blood sample
- Monitor equipment related to cardiopulmonary therapy
- Manage artificial airways in patients
- Provide emergency care which could include artificial respiration, external cardiac massage, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Respiratory Therapist duties include helping the patient breathe easier and find comfort. You are a valuable member of the healthcare team and will work closely with each member of the patient’s care team to ensure that the patient receives the best healthcare service possible.
- Instruct the patient on the proper use of breathing equipment and medications
- Assist patients in related areas, such as smoking cessation programs or sleep apnea studies
- Explain treatment procedures to patients to soothe fears
- Teach patients how to do breathing exercises properly
During your Respiratory Care training at Platt College, you can learn the foundational skills you need to enter the healthcare industry.
Respiratory Therapist Professional Requirements
In order to become a Respiratory Therapist, you must have at least an Associate’s degree from an accredited postsecondary school. Platt College’s program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) – * Probationary Accreditation.
Once you’ve received your degree, you must receive your certification (except in Alaska). The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) offers two levels of certification: Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
Depending on the state you plan to practice in, you must obtain your license to practice.
Is Respiratory Therapist a Good Career For Me?
How do you know if a career as a Respiratory Therapist is good for you? Here are some things to consider:
- You pay attention to detail and are organized
- You enjoy problem-solving
- You have good interpersonal skills
- You are compassionate and patient
- You are able to manage risk and have the capability to work well under pressure
If this type of work environment sounds appealing to you, then training as a Respiratory Therapist is a good career choice.
How Much Money Do Respiratory Therapists Make?
According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, Respiratory Therapists currently earn a median salary of $60,280 per year or $28.98 per hour. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $43,750, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $83,520*. These wages can vary based on your position, your schedule and your individual duties in the office.
The Platt College Respiratory Care program prepares you for an entry-level position. Additionally, you might be eligible for a variety of benefits, such as vacation or sick time, flexible working hours, insurance, and a stable work/life balance. Each Respiratory Therapist position is different so it is a good idea to weigh all your options when presented with a position so that you accept an offer in a setting you will be successful in.
Respiratory Therapist Career Outlook
Respiratory Care is a fast growing field and according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, expected growth in the field is 23% between 2016 and 2026*. This growth is much faster than average for all occupations.
With the population aging, the healthcare industry expects to see an increase in respiratory conditions such as COPD, pneumonia and other disorders that could lead to reduced lung function and permanent damage to the lungs. The demand for Respiratory Therapists will increase, mainly in hospitals, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices, especially as there is a focus on reducing readmissions to the hospitals.
Advances in preventing and detecting diseases in addition to better treatment methods and better medication will also help the field of Respiratory Care grow. Problems due to smoking, air pollution, respiratory emergencies and more will also contribute to the demand for Respiratory Therapists.
Where Can Respiratory Therapists Work?
As a Respiratory Therapist, you have the ability to work anywhere in the country and even around the world. You can find employment in:
- Intensive care units
- Emergency rooms
- Pediatric units
- Operating rooms
- Pulmonary rehabilitation facilities
- Sleep laboratories
- Smoking cessation and asthma education programs
- Doctor’s offices
- Case management programs
- Nursing facilities
- Air transport and ambulance programs
As a Respiratory Therapist, you need to be able to stand for long periods of time as well as work some evenings, nights and weekends depending on where you have been employed.
Oklahoma Respiratory Therapist Associate Degree Program Locations at Platt College
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Turn your passion for helping people into a career with our Respiratory Care program. Our small classes, industry-experienced instructors, and externships make it easy for you to gain the skills you need to be successful in this growing field. To get started, call us at 877-392-6616 or request information to speak with an Admissions Representative, who can answer your questions about our Respiratory Care program.
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the programs at Platt College are available at http://www.plattcolleges.edu/content/program-disclosures.
Programs vary by location.
High school diploma, GED or equivalent required.
See school catalog for specific programmatic admissions requirements.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Respiratory Therapists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/respiratory-therapists.htm