Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.

A Typical Day

  • Provide emergency care, such as artificial respiration, external cardiac massage, or assistance with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Monitor patient's physiological responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, or blood chemistry changes, and consult with physician if adverse reactions occur.
  • Set up and operate devices, such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, or aerosol generators, following specified parameters of treatment.
  • Work as part of a team of physicians, nurses, or other healthcare professionals to manage patient care by assisting with medical procedures or related duties.
 

Recommended Credentials

Registration/Licensure is necessary, Associates/Bachelors suggested

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.

 

Northwest Lower Michigan

 

Associates Degree in Respiratory Therapy-

Unique program offered on the Munson Campus

Elsewhere in Michigan

 

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center, Allied Health: Respiratory Care 

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center - Allied Health for basics in Medical Ethics, Law, Anatomy and Physiology 

Pathway 2

Taking courses at Northwestern Michigan College in preparation of transfer to another university to complete the degree. 

Muskegon Community College on Munson Campus 

Pathway 3

Allied Health Science Bachelor's Program at the University Center through Grand Valley State University 

 

Sample Employers in Our Region

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Sample Job Titles...

  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Respiratory Therapist
  • Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
  • Clinical Coordinator of Respiratory Therapy
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP)
  • Respiratory Therapy Director
 

10-Year Job Growth Projections

14.3%
10-County Region
13%
Michigan
19%
U.S.

Employed Regionally

140
In 2020

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region

$42,920
$56,760 
$73,100

Annual Hires Regionally

26
In 2020

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