Kansas City Respiratory Therapy Schools

About Respiratory Therapist Jobs

Respiratory therapists work in hospitals, home health, physicians offices, and rehabilitation centers. The main employment site is hospitals. The job is focused on treating people with breathing difficulties and cardiopulmonary disease. Treatments used by respiratory therapists includes the use of breathing machines and medications and chest physiotherapy. Respiratory therapists work under the direction of physicians and work with the full team of medical professionals. Given the nature and scope of the position, respiratory therapist work schedules often include day, night, and weekend shifts. Most working 35 to 40 hours per week. This career understanding of patients needs, both physical and psychological. It also requires attention to detail, the ability to follow instructions, and given the incorporation of high-tech equipment needed for treatment a functional understanding of computers is also necessary.

Career and Salary Outlook

The average salary for respiratory therapists in Kansas City as of May 2010 was $42,000 per year. The employment of respiratory therapists is expected to grow more rapidly than average careers through 2018. This increase is due to growing population of older adults in the United States and the expanding to better assist premature and preterm infants. Also, the field of respiratory therapy is changing and in some facilities including non-traditional aspects such as assisting in smoking cessation counseling, disease prevention, pulmonary rehabilitation, case management among other expanded areas.

Educational Requirements

Minimum educational requirements to become a respiratory therapist in an associates degree. This high standard of education is required to assure the safety of the public that is served. Advanced degree programs are also available leading to bachelors and masters degrees. The subjects covered in these programs include:

Human anatomy and physiology
Pathophysiology
Chemistry
Physics
Microbiology
Pharmacology
Mathematics
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Respiratory Therapist Schools in Kansas City, MO

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Other Schools that Offer Respiratory Therapy Course Programs in the Kansas City area

Concorde Career College
3239 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64111
Website www.concorde.edu

Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Ave
Kansas City, KS 66112
Website www.kckcc.edu

Metropolitan Community College
3200 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64111
Website www.mcckc.edu

Missouri Southern State University
3950 E Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801
Website www.mssu.edu