New Hampshire Respiratory Therapy Schools

What Do Respiratory Therapists Do?

Respiratory Therapy is a professional medical specialty that is continuing to expand as the population of middle-age to older people increases. With this increase comes the increase of chronic lung diseases such as bronchitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, and emphysema. There is also a great demand in the care and treatment of premature newborn babies. Respiratory Therapists help to implement and devise care plans for the patients working closely with doctors and nurses.

A patient’s progress and medical equipment is another important aspect of a Respiratory Therapists job. The therapist must keep track of oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in their patients, set ventilators for attending physicians and keep equipment working properly and safely. Medication that improves the patient’s breathing while undergoing surgery is also the therapists responsibility.

Job Prospects for Respiratory Therapists

Respiratory Therapist job opportunities are abundant according to the Mayo School of Health Sciences. As the number of older people increases the job expansion in this area will continue to increase as well. Respiratory Therapy training in the areas of treating heart conditions and infant care are especially in great demand.

The majority of work is in hospitals in respiratory care, pulmonary or anesthesiology departments. Jobs can be found in doctor’s offices, nursing homes, or in home health care. Work can also be found in businesses that sell or rent machines that help to improve breathing and can be used at home.

Respiratory Therapy Training and Requirements in New Hampshire

Students need at least an associate’s degree to become a respiratory therapist, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Training programs can be found at colleges, universities, vocational schools, medical schools and the military. A license is required in most states and is acquired after earning a Respiratory Therapy degree. The only states that don’t have this requirement are Alaska and Hawaii. The National Board for Respiratory Care sets the licensing requirements.

The average salary for a typical Registered Respiratory Therapist in the U.S. is around $56,000. This increases to around $65,000 with further education. Factors such as employee credentials, years of experience, industry and employer size can have a huge effect on salary.

Respiratory Therapy Schools in New Hampshire (NH)

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Other New Hampshire Respiratory Therapy Schools

River Community College
One College Drive
Claremont, NH 03743-9707
Website: www.rivervalley.edu

Hesser College Campuses:

Concord, NH
25 Hall Street, Ste. 104
Concord, NH 03301

Salem, NH
11 Manor Park Way
Salem, NH 03079

Nashua, NH
410 Amherst Street
Nashua, NH 03063

Manchester, NH
3 Sundial Avenue
Manchester, NH 03103

Portsmouth, NH
170 Commerce Way
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Website: www.hesser.edu