What is a Respiratory Therapist?

What does a respiratory therapist do? Respiratory therapists work under a physician’s supervision to take care of patients with lung problems. The patients might have chronic asthma or have suffered a heart attach, stroke or other disease or illness.

How do you become a respiratory therapist? Respiratory therapists begin their careers by completing an associate’s degree, but a bachelor’s or master’s degree may lead to better career opportunities. The capstone requirement of many programs is clinical experience, which allows students to practice respiratory therapy techniques under the supervision of licensed therapists.

Here’s why Destiny Jones, RRT at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital loves her job:

“I have been a Registered Respiratory Therapist for two years.  This is definitely the perfect job for me.  I evaluate, monitor, and treat individuals with pulmonary or pulmonary related illnesses.  It is very rewarding to see patients go from ill to well, and know that you were an important part of that process.”