West Virginia Respiratory Therapy Schools

About Respiratory Therapist Jobs

Respiratory Therapist are vital components in the health care system. They specialize in helping patients who suffer from breathing or cardiopulmonary problems. They also work with premature infants in administering oxygen and evaluating lung capacity. Respiratory Therapists are trained in depth to help patients with all of their breathing and cardiovascular problems.

Requirements for a Respiratory Therapist in West Virginia

Those seeking employment as a Respiratory Therapist will need to hold at the least a Associates degree. However, as competition for these jobs increases, a Bachelors degree or higher will be wanted by employers. Upon completion of a degree, students are urged to seek certification through the NBRC, National Board for Respiratory Care.

Job Outlook and Salary

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate that between 2008 and 2018, the need for Respiratory Therapist will increase by 21%. The median salary for a Respiratory Therapist is $52, 200 according to statistics in reported by the BLS in 2008. Normally, Respiratory Therapists are employed with hospitals, nursing care facilities, home health care or physicians offices.

Roles and Responsibilities

The role of a Respiratory Therapist is to work with the patient in helping their breathing or heart problem. Some common procedures they do is to perform chest physiotherapy, analyze blood for carbon dioxide and/or oxygen levels, administer drugs to the lungs, administer oxygen, or evaluate lung capacity.

They work with lung cancer patients, premature infants, heart attack patients, stroke victims, or even patients with asthma. On many occasions a Respiratory Therapist will conduct counseling for smokers to give them options to quit smoking.

Respiratory Therapist Schools in West Virginia (WV)

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Other Respiratory Therapy Schools in West Virginia

There are seven schools that offer respiratory therapy to its students in West Virginia, all of the schools listed offer an associate degree.

Community and Technical College at West Virginia University Institute of Technology
405 Fayette Pike
Montgomery WV 25136
Website: www.wvutech.edu/

Marshall Community and Technical College
1 John Marshall Way
Huntington WV 25755
Website: www.marshall.edu/ctc

Pierpoint Community and Technical College
1201 Locust Ave
Fairmont WV 26554
Website: www.pierpont.edu/default

West Virginia Northern Community College
1704 Market St
Wheeling WV 26003
Website: www.wvncc.edu