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        Respiratory Therapy Program Profile

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        Program Focus

        Respiratory therapy involves providing advice and administering treatment for conditions such as asthma and emphysema under the direction of a physician. Our respiratory therapy training programs offer students the opportunity to learn the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills needed to work directly with patients who have lung ailments.

          Course topics may include:

        • Anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology
        • Cardiopulmonary structures
        • Emergency and critical care management
        • EKGs

        Student Life

        Students in our health education programs can benefit from the real-world perspective of our instructors, many of whom have experience in the fields they teach. Our curriculum also places emphasis on career-focused learning experiences that model the workplace and includes an externship providing supervised experience in the field, as well as laboratory, clinical, and lecture components.

        All schools have a Career Services department dedicated to helping students identify, clarify, and pursue their academic and professional goals.

        Finally, our schools’ Alumni Associations offer additional opportunities for students and graduates to make important connections—professional and personal.

        Field of Interest

        Respiratory Therapy
        Respiratory therapy is an applied medical practice that involves examining and treating patients with lung ailments, such as emphysema, asthma, and pneumonia. In respiratory therapy, a limited physical examination is performed, and tests are administered to determine the type and extent of respiratory ailments. Respiratory therapy takes place under the supervision of a physician.

        • Key Traits: Tact and diplomacy, personal responsibility, teamwork.
        • Education Required: Associate’s degree (entry-level), plus post-graduation licensing or certification. Nearly all states require licensing; conditions will vary by state*.
        • Where Respiratory Therapy Is Needed: Hospitals, outpatient treatment centers, nursing homes, home healthcare service agencies.

        Projected Growth Through 2018**:
        22,100 new jobs, or 21% growth rate nation-widei

        **All job growth figures are estimates and based on national projections. Local markets will vary.

        To learn more about what accreditation is, why it is important and details about certification and disclosure information for this and other programs, please click here.

        For licensure and/or registration requirements as controlled by the individual states where this program is offered, please click here.

        iBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Computer Network, Systems, and Database Administrators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos305.htm (visited February 17, 2011).

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