This major is a program that prepares individuals to administer general respiratory care procedures under the supervision of respiratory therapists in a variety of clinical settings.
Includes instruction in patient data collection and monitoring, airway management, installation of nebulizers and other respiratory assistance devices, application and monitoring of breathing gases, equipment operation and maintenance, safety and sanitation procedures, and applicable regulations.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant Major (use the College Search feature and enter "respiratory" in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant Major?
A Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant works under the direct supervision of a respiratory therapist and does have some direct patient care duties. These duties may include monitoring patients during treatments, using respiratory equipment, collecting samples, reading charts, setting up equipment and performing diagnostic procedures. As well, maintain patient records and enter notes about patients' treatment in their medical charts.
Job opportunities as a Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant are extremely likely in the future as this career subsector is expected to see up to a twenty-one percent (21%) growth 2019-2029.
To be a Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant you will need some formal training as well as an associate degree. All states regulate the practice of respiratory care technicians and licensing varies by state.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Association for Respiratory Care
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- The National Board for Respiratory Care
Publications/Magazines in Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant Major