The Role of the Respiratory Therapist
Respiratory Therapists are health care professionals who are highly trained in the treatment of lung disorders. The roles of Respiratory Therapists are extensive. Respiratory Therapists administer aerosolized medication to people with lung disease, such as, asthma or emphysema. Respiratory Therapists maintain life support equipment on a diverse range of patience from premature infants to the elderly. Respiratory Therapists also have an important role in establishing and maintaining patient airways during a cardiac or respiratory arrest. In addition, Respiratory Therapists deliver patient education and participate in diagnostic testing.
Respiratory Therapy Program Outcomes
The program is designed to prepare the student to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). http://www.coarc.com/Students/Programmatic-Outcome-Data.aspx
Respiratory Therapy Program Goals
The program goals are to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).
The Respiratory Therapy Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (COARC). http://www.coarc.com
Employment opportunities are numerous throughout the nation. Professional jobs are expected to continue far into the future in such diverse fields as acute care hospitals, home care facilities, and sleep labs.
Kevin Krawiec, M.Ed., RRT, RCP
Respiratory Therapy Program Director