Virginia Respiratory Therapy Schools

About Respiratory Therapist Jobs

Respiratory Therapists work closely with patients who are experiencing lung and breathing problems. This can include post-trauma or surgery as well as long-term sufferers of lung diseases such as emphysema, cystic fibrosis and asthma.

Respiratory Therapists work in Hospitals, Emergency rooms, Home care, Nursing homes and Doctor’s offices. They can also be found working with Asthma and Smoking Cessation programs and Sleep Study centers. The patients worked with include premature babies, pediatric, and adults. Many patients being transported by ambulance or air will need the attention of a Respiratory Therapist.
The employment outlook for Respiratory Therapists is expected to be very good since the middle-age and elderly population is increasing.

Responsibilities of a Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory therapists decide a treatment program for patients based on a doctors’ prescription. They prepare, test and maintain mechanical equipment as required. This equipment includes those for oxygen therapy, aerosolized medicine, humidity therapy and chest physiotherapy required for mucus removal and to prevent congestion after anesthesia.Their normal responsibilities also include monitoring the patients’ response to therapy by assessing vital signs and blood gas and blood chemistry levels. Maintaining charts and doctor consultation are required responsibilities.

Average Salary

Annual- $40,840 – $56,160
Hourly- $19.59 – $32.13
Plus Medical, dental and vision insurance.

Education

Most Respiratory Therapist have obtained a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree. These graduates may then sit for the Certified Respiratory Therapist exams followed by the Registered Respiratory Therapist tests for added certifications.

Another option is to obtain a 2-year Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree.

Respiratory Therapist Schools in Virginia (VA)

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Other Virginia Schools Offering Respiratory Courses

Jefferson College of Health Sciences
920 S Jefferson St
Roanoke, VA 24016
Website: www.jchs.edu

Northern Virginia Community college
4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd
Annandale, VA 22003-3796
Website: www.nvcc.edu

Shenandoah University
1460 University Dr
Winchester, VA 22601-5195
Website: www.su.edu

Southwest Virginia Community College
369 College Rd, US Rt 19
Richlands, VA 24641-1101
Website: www.sw.edu

Tidewater Community College
121 College Place
Norfolk, VA 23510
Website: www.tcc.edu