How to Become a Respiratory Therapist - 3 Aspects That Will Guarantee Your Success in This Career

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Are you considering becoming a respiratory therapist? Then there are three main aspects which you should be very well aware of before you start you career.

Aspect # 1) The Duties You Should Perform

To be able to perform well in any job, a good understand of what it entails is necessary. Basically you will be required to deliver treatments which aim at improving respiratory function. You will also be in charge of evaluating patients by performing diagnostic tests and physical examinations. Other responsibilities assigned to you include

  • Interviewing patients and their families to get their medical histories
  • Administering oxygen mixtures
  • Performing chest physiotherapy

A respiratory therapist usually works under a physician's supervision and along a respiratory care team. However, you may work on your own at nursing homes, private practices, and home health care.

Aspect # 2) The Training You Should Undergo

The second main aspect of this job is the training you will receive. Good training means that you will be paid more and receive job offers from reputable institutions. So, if that is what you seek, consider getting a two-year associate degree or a four-year bachelor degree in respiratory therapy. You will learn many science-oriented courses such as human anatomy. Plus, you will learn therapeutic and diagnostic procedures, patient assessment techniques, and medical record keeping and reimbursement.

During your training, you should make sure to pick up a few skills necessary for your job. Some of the skills you should have are:

  • Communication skills - Because your job requires that you interact with patients all the time, you need to be able to speak and listen effectively.
  • Math skills - Your job requires mathematics because you may need to compute quantities such as the dosages of medication and gas concentration. If you are a high school student, your dream of becoming a respiratory therapist requires this subject.
  • Problem solving skills - As a medical professional, you need to be able to assess problems to find out their solutions.

Aspect # 3) The Certifications You Need to Earn

In order to practice in the U.S., you need to pass the Certified Respiratory Therapist Exam (CRT), which is offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. This is the lowest credential available for you to practice in this field. However, if you wish to earn a higher level of certification, then the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential is for you. As a RRT, you will receive more respiratory therapist job offers, especially in supervisory, intensive care and critical care positions.

After going through these aspects, ask yourself - are you ready to become a respiratory therapist? If you are, then start searching for the best training institution for you.

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This article was published on 2011/01/05