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Respiratory Care

Specialized Associate's Degree

The work of a respiratory therapist is varied, and includes patients of all ages, from the underdeveloped lungs of a premature infant, to lung disease and the elderly, whose lungs might be failing. Respiratory therapists also assist patients with chronic asthma and administer emergency care to heart attack, stroke, drowning or shock victims. Brightwood Career Institute’s Respiratory Care program can equip you with the professional skills, knowledge, and hands-on training to seek entry-level employment in this potentially satisfying health care field.

Respiratory Care Associate's Degree Program

Brightwood Career Institute’s Respiratory Care program has a curriculum that could prepare you to administer respiratory care and life support to patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system, all under the supervision of a physician. Duties could include:

  • Assessing patients
  • Determining the most appropriate therapy methods
  • Performing pulmonary function testing
  • Setting up and operating equipment
  • Assisting patients with breathing maneuvers

Respiratory Therapist Certification

An additional credential for obtaining employment can be found through certification or licensure. Completing this program successfully may enable graduates to sit for:

  • Computer-based assessment exams administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care in order to achieve the Certified Respiratory Therapist (entry level) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (advanced level) credentials*

*The state of Pennsylvania regulates the Respiratory Care profession. Licensure is required for employment in the state. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania licenses Respiratory Therapists through either the State Board of Medicine or the Osteopathic Board of Medicine. Respiratory Care practitioners must document competence by successfully completing the NBRC's Entry Level Exam (CRT). Licensure requirements and applications can be obtained at

Respiratory Care Occupational Outcomes

After earning a specialized associate's degree in respiratory care, you may look for entry-level employment as a respiratory therapist in various settings, including:

  • Nursing care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Physicians' offices
  • Home health care services

Follow this link for outcomes data for this program:

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

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