What does it take to become a respiratory therapist?

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Respiratory therapy is a niche within health care that is garnering a lot of buzz. Because respiratory therapy and most all other healthcare professions are expected to grow in the forthcoming years, many individuals are looking at respiratory therapist programs for their next career move.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Respiratory therapists are expected to see a 23% growth rate between 2016-26, which is faster than the average of all occupations. In 2016, there were just over 130,000 jobs and, by 2026, an additional 30,500 jobs are projected to be added to the field.

Job Duties of a Respiratory Therapist


What does a respiratory therapist do exactly? They treat patients who struggle with the basic function of breathing. A respiratory therapist works closely with individuals to manage conditions like asthma, emphysema, and other chronic respiratory diseases.

One important question to consider when choosing a career is, what demographic of people you would like to work with on a daily basis. In respiratory therapy, you might work with premature infants who were born with underdeveloped lungs to elderly patients fighting off disease.

Respiratory therapists are often brought in on emergency cases, such as a patient who has experienced a heart attack or who has recently drowned.

Job requirements


To become a respiratory therapist, you will be required to obtain an associate degree and national licensure, which requirements vary by state.

At Concorde Career college, you could finish schooling in as few as 17 months or less than 2 years.

Are you the right fit?


A kind, friendly, service-oriented person would be an ideal candidate for respiratory therapist programs. Respiratory therapists who are educated at the associate level have the opportunity to grow in their careers by earning a bachelor's degree as well.

Another consideration to make while looking into respiratory therapist programs is past experience in science courses. Respiratory therapist programs require courses such as human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, pharmacology, as well as math. A strong track record of success in these classes can help you feel more confident as you pursue a respiratory therapy program.

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Concorde is looking for compassionate and patient individuals for their programs. If this is you, contact us today to find out if being a respiratory therapist or another health care program is the right fit for you.

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