The respiratory care profession, also known as respiratory therapy, is the health profession that cares for patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. The Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP), also known as a respiratory therapist, provides care to a diverse group of patients ranging from newborn and pediatric patients to adults and the elderly. Todays RCPs participate in the development, modification and evaluation of care plans, protocol administration, disease management, and patient education involving such disease states or conditions such asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive lung disease, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, infant respiratory distress syndrome, and conditions brought on by shock, trauma, or postoperative surgical complications.
Where to Get Education
AA/AAS or Bachelor's degree required for eligibility for national licensing exam