Respiratory care practitioners are allied health specialists who play a crucial role
within the health care team. Working closely with physicians and other health care
professionals, they care for patients with respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.
Under the supervision of a physician, they are involved with the assessment, treatment,
diagnostic testing, rehabilitation, and prevention of conditions that affect the respiratory
and cardiovascular systems. Employment opportunities are found in hospitals, clinics,
home health care agencies, product support and sales, education, rehabilitation and
continuing care, and health/disease prevention programs.
This program is a partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College.
- Associate in Applied Science - Respiratory Care
Very Good: According to the 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory
therapists is expected to grow 28 percent through 2020, which is much faster than
the average for all occupations.
For details, please visit this link http://www.bls.gov/oco/
Workforce Development Data for Northeast Iowa
- Entry-level wage $14.22 (2009 Survey)
- Average entry-level wage of $19.39 (2010 NICC Alumni Survey)
Sample Job Titles
- Cardio Pulmonary Technician
- Certified Respiratory Therapist
- Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
- Respiratory Care Practitioner
- Respiratory Therapist
Respiratory care workers must have the capacity to accept great responsibility for
patients, stay calm in emergency situations, and have a genuine desire to care for
others. They work with ventilators and other sophisticated machinery, so it helps
to be hands-on and have mechanical aptitude. Math skills are also necessary to compute
medication dosages and calculate test results. Communication skills and the ability
to follow orders are also vital.
Daily activities require bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, pushing, and pulling
in all directions. You will be asked to lift and carry objects weighing up to a minimum
of 50 pounds and also shared weight. Clinical tasks require use of hands for repetitive
action such as simple and firm grasping and fine manipulation, and walking, including
stair stepping. Respiratory care practitioners may also be in contact with communicable
diseases and chemical/biohazardous materials and odors.
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