Respiratory Therapists provide care ranging from emergent to long-term maintenance.  They may assist with external cardiac massage, CPR, placing artificial airways or arterial lines, or obtaining arterial blood gases or EKGs. They will provide care to their patients with the use of mechanical ventilators, aerosol gases, aerosol nebulizer treatments, or other respiratory specific equipment. Following treatment, the respiratory therapist will monitor the patient’s physiologic response to the treatment by obtaining vital signs or monitoring test results.

The Associate in Science (AS) degree in Respiratory Care will prepare students to work as part of a team of physicians, nurses, or other healthcare professionals to manage patient care by assisting with medical procedures and related duties.

More information can be obtained by visiting the The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

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