Kansas Respiratory Therapy Schools

About Respiratory Therapist Jobs

A respiratory therapist has a very important job. They are practitioners in the medical field that specialize in breathing disorders. Breathing disorders are extremely serious and sometimes require immediate attention. The therapists can handle common problems like asthma and emphysema but they also cover the more immediate issues like airway management and mechanical ventilation. Breathing disorders can be extremely dangerous; only five minutes of asphyxiation will put a person unconscious and ten minutes until they are completely brain dead.

Education

With the job of a respiratory therapist being so important, the job requires a good education. The absolute minimum level of education is an associate degree. Bachelor’s and Master’s are very useful in this field and are sometimes required for advancement. Every state, except Hawaii and Alaska, requires respiratory therapist to be licensed.

In order to acquire appropriate level a training therapist must attend postsecondary educational facilities which include vocational-technical institutes, colleges and universities, medical schools, and even the Armed Forces. All of these schools can provide an associate degree for its students but this rarely leads to jobs in the field of respiratory therapy. Only about nine percent of the therapists with associate degrees get into the entry-level jobs.

The education programs for respiratory therapists includes the study of:

Human Anatomy and Physiology
Pathophysiology
Chemistry
Physics
Microbiology
Pharmacology
Mathematics

The other courses required to take in this field covers things like the procedures and tests conducted on the job, how to use the equipment, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and many other areas.

Since all states aside from Hawaii and Alaska require licensure, it is mandatory for respiratory therapist to be licensed. Most employers also require that the therapist maintain a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification as well. Licensure is mostly completed buy just acquiring a degree in the field. A respiratory therapist must meet the requirements provided by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). The NBRC offers a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential to students who graduate from their respiratory therapy programs that are accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care and to the students who pass an exam.

Salary

Respiratory therapists on average make about $19.59-$26.79 per hour with the average over time pay being $27.97-$40.68 per hour. The salary averages out to be between $41,328 and $59,204 a year. With higher levels of education and experience, therapists can move on to become a respiratory therapy manager, a registered nurse, or even a physician assistant which makes up to $90,000 a year!

Respiratory Therapist Schools in Kansas (KS)

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Other Respiratory Therapist Schools in Kansas

Brown Mackie College
Kansas City Campus
9705 Lenexa Drive
Lenexa, KS 66215
National American University
Overland Park Campus
10310 Mastin
Overland Park, KS 66212
Pinnacle Career Institute
Lawrence Campus
1601 W. 23rd Street, Suite 200
Lawrence, KS 66046