Help others breathe easier.
BECOME A RESPIRATORY THERAPIST.
A respiratory therapist, also known as a respiratory care practitioner, is a licensed specialist trained in providing care to patients with heart and lung disorders. There are more than 100,000 respiratory therapists in the United States. Respiratory therapists work in hospitals, transitional care facilities, nursing homes, home health agencies, specialized care hospitals and physician’s offices.
Patients who receive care from respiratory therapists range in age from newborns to the most senior members of society. Respiratory therapists are trained in the diagnostic evaluation of lung function and therapeutic procedures that help maintain good lung health.
According to the state of Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information, there will be 330 annual openings in Michigan (23.1 percent growth) for respiratory therapists at a wage range of $24-$30 per hour. There will be 30 annual openings in Southeast Michigan (22.5 percent growth) at a wage range of $25-$31.
MCCC PROGRAM OPTIONS FOR THIS FIELD
To become a registered respiratory therapist, a minimum of a two-year degree is required. Most RRTs work in a hospital.
The Respiratory Therapy program at MCCC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). Graduates of the program exceed the national averages for success on board exams.
Transfer Opportunities: Bachelor’s Degree
MCCC’s RT program graduates can transfer directly into the bachelor’s degree in health care systems administration at Ferris State University.
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