What is a Respiratory Therapist?
Patients with cardiopulmonary or breathing disorders are evaluated, treated and cared for by Respiratory Therapists. Therapists are responsible for therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures, under the supervision of physician. Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat a wide range of patients from infants that are premature and don’t have fully developed lungs to older people with diseased lungs. Respiratory Therapists treat patients using oxygen or oxygen mixtures, aerosol medications, and chest physiotherapy. Therapists perform regular check on patients and their equipment in order to provide the best treatment to them.
Work for Respiratory Therapists
Job growth for respiratory therapists is expected to grow by 21 percent from 2008 to 2018. Due to an expected increase in the middle-age and older population their will be an increase in the demand for therapists. This is due to the fact that with this increase in older populations will come an increase in the incidence of cardiopulmonary disease; such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia, and heart disease. The role of a Respiratory Therapist is also expanding in areas such as early detection of cardiopulmonary problems, disease prevention, case management and emergency care.
The majority of jobs are with hospitals but their is a growing number of job environments including doctors offices and home care for example. Work opportunities look very good for those with a degree or certification. The opportunities increase for those who have cardiopulmonary care skills or work experience with infants.
Training and Requirements for Respiratory Therapists
Most states require Respiratory Therapists to be licensed. The minimum educational requirement is an associate degree. A bachelor or master degree will most likely be required for advancement in the field. Training is offered by medical schools, voc-tech institutes, the military as well as colleges and universities. Some of the courses in respiratory therapy programs are:
Anatomy and Physiology
Some other qualifications that should be taken into consideration are the ability to follow instructions, attention to detail, operating equipment that requires computer skills, being sensitive to the physical as well as psychological needs of patient and working as part of a team.
Respiratory Therapist Schools in North Dakota (ND)
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Other Schools for Respiratory Therapy in North Dakota
North Dakota State University
1340 Administration Ave, Fargo, ND 58102
University of Mary
7500 University Dr, Bismarck, ND 58504
Schools Offering Online or Distance Programs to North Dakota Residents
Grand Canyon University
Associate, Bachelor Degree