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.
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:
An additional credential for obtaining employment can be found through certification or licensure. Completing this program successfully may enable graduates to sit for:
*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 www.psrc.net.
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:
Follow this link for outcomes data for this program: www.coarc.com.
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.