Respiratory Therapist

A respiratory therapist treats patients who are suffering from asthma, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, and other illnesses affecting the respiratory system. Treatment often involves the use of machines such as ventilators, so respiratory therapists (RTs) are highly-trained in handling hi-tech equipment. Other duties include teaching patients how to improve their respiratory health and assisting in medical emergencies in which a patient cannot breathe. Most RTs are employed by hospitals and clinics, but some work in nursing homes or for in-home medical care companies. You can receive your respiratory therapy training from a two- or four-year undergraduate program. Nearly all states require that you pass an exam to earn your RT license.

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