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Career Profiles: Respiratory Therapist

What do they do?

A respiratory therapist assesses and treats patients with breathing problems.  They also perform procedures to determine lung and heart function and administer oxygen as well as breathing treatments.

Where do they work?

Hospitals, nursing facilities, home care, physician offices and clinics.

Educational Requirements

Training programs range from 2-4 years (associate or bachelor's degree) and include certification and state licensure.

More Information

  • American Association for Respiratory Care
    11030 Ables Lane
    Dallas, TX 75229-4593
    972-243-2272
    http://www.aarc.org

  • Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
    1248 Harwood Road
    Bedford, TX 76021-4244

  • National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc.
    8310 Nieman Road
    Lenexa, KS 66214-1579
    http://www.nbrc.org

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