Respiratory Therapy Program at NWACC

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Breathe Easier with Respiratory Therapy.

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What's a Respiratory Therapist?

A Respiratory Therapist (RT) is a certified medical professional who works alongside doctors and nurses to provide healthcare for our lungs. 

Respiratory therapists help improve outcomes for people who have been diagnosed with disorders ranging from the non-acute and chronic lung diseases to life-threatening emergencies. Patients may include newborns, trauma victims, drowning victims and those suffering from asthma, bronchitis, coronary heart disease, emphysema and pneumonia.

A Respiratory Program Design for You

An Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy will prepare you to perform the following:

  • Maintain all equipment used in respiratory support.
  • Administer therapeutic medical gases.
  • Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Administer drugs that are given through inhalation procedures.
  • Provide appropriate mechanical assistance to support respiration when necessary.
  • Perform diagnostic pulmonary function testing and blood-gas analysis.
  • Exercise judgment and accept responsibility in therapeutic procedures based on observation of patient and knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and clinical medicine.

Upon graduation, students are encouraged to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Entry Level and Advanced Level Examinations. Upon successful completion of these exams, the student will hold the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

Still in high school? Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Algebra and Medical Terminology would be ideal courses to take to prepare for a career in respiratory therapy.

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