VC’s Respiratory Care Program offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. Successful completion of this program will enable graduates to take a series of national board exams to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
As a respiratory therapists you will work under the direction of a physician to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders.
You may work in any of a number of settings, including:
- Hospitals giving breathing treatments to people with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
- Intensive care units managing ventilators that keep the critically ill alive.
- Emergency rooms delivering life-saving treatments.
- Newborn and pediatric units helping children with conditions ranging from premature birth to cystic fibrosis.
- Patients' homes providing regular check-ups and making sure people have what they need to stay out of the hospital.
- Sleep laboratories helping to diagnose disorders like sleep apnea.
- Skilled nursing facilities and pulmonary rehabilitation programs helping older people breathe easier and get more out of life.
- Case management programs helping devise long-term care plans for patients.