Respiratory Therapists practice under a medical doctor and are responsible for:

-Diagnosing lung and breathing disorders and recommending treatment methods.
-Interviewing patients and doing chest physical exams to determine what kind of therapy is best for their condition.
-Consulting with physicians to recommend a change in therapy, based on your evaluation of the patient.
-Analyzing breath, tissue, and blood specimens to determine levels of oxygen and other gases.
-Managing ventilators and artificial airway devices for patients who can’t breathe normally on their own.
-Responding to Code Blue or other urgent calls for care.

CSU Recommended Coursework

To become a respiratory therapist, students must earn a minimum of an associate degree from an accredited respiratory therapy education program.

Programs and Preparation

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