Washington Respiratory Therapy Schools

About Respiratory Therapist Jobs

Respiratory therapists treat, care, and evaluate patients suffering from breathing problems and other cardiopulmonary disorders. Most respiratory therapy jobs are in hospitals, and professionals can expect to work under direct supervision of doctors in many different locations within the hospitals, including the intensive care unit, emergency room, long-term care, and walk-in clinics.

Salary Outlook

Respiratory therapy jobs are on the rise, with expected growth of 21% by 2018. The average wage of a respiratory therapist in 2008 was $52,200, with an average salary range between $44,500-$61,720. There are approximately 122,000 respiratory therapy professionals in the United States.

Educational Requirements

All respiratory therapists are required to have an associates degree, and a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) certification. Students can also enroll for their bachelors in respiratory therapy. Community colleges, universities, medical schools and vocational schools, and the military offers training as well. Students can expect to graduate with their associates degree in two years, while bachelors degrees take four. Expected areas of study while in school include anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, pharmacology, and mathematics.

Roles and Responsibilities

As a respiratory therapist, professionals work with all spectrums of the population, from premie infants with under-developed lungs, to the elderly fighting lung disease. Respiratory therapists also treat patients suffering from heart attacks, stroke, drowning, asthma, and emphysema. Respiratory therapists work closely with physicians, and are primarily charged with the responsibility of planning therapeutic treatments, and diagnosing respiratory problems. They have a high level or responsibility to the patients, as they will care for severely ill patients in intensive care units or people on life support. Respiratory therapists supervise respiratory technicians, and are often called upon for their expertise by attending physicians. This job requires a high level of attention to detail, and excellent people skills and team working abilities.

Respiratory Therapist Schools in Washington (WA)

Charter College

Charter College is a private, independent institution of higher education that follows a new direction. Charter College is neither a liberal arts college, a university, nor a vocational school. Instead, Charter College borrows certain elements from each of those respected educational institutions to create a unique and innovative experience for our students.

We offer career training programs in the growing fields of health care, business, law, criminal justice, information technology, and select trade careers. We strive to provide our students with a career-focused education that is both relevant in today’s workspace and cutting-edge in technology and focus.

  • Fife
  • Pasco
  • Yakima
  • East Wenatchee
  • Lacey
  • Vancouver
  • Certificate - Medical Assistant

Other Washington Schools Offing Respiratory Therapy Programs

Spokane Community College
1810 North Greene Street
Spokane, WA 99217
Website: www.scc.spokane.edu

Tacoma Community College
6501 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98466-6100
Website: www.tacomacc.edu

Pima Medical Institute- Seattle
9709 3rd Ave Northeast
Seattle, WA 98115
Website: www.pmi.edu/locations/seattle

Highline Community College
2400 S 240th St
Des Moines WA 98198-9800
Website: www.flightline.highline.edu

Seattle Central Community College
1701 Broadway2BE3210
Seattle WA 98122
Website: www.seattlecentral.edu