Respiratory care involves the assessment, evaluation, treatment and care of people with lung and breathing problems. Diagnoses of respiratory care patients include asthma, heart conditions and chest trauma.
Registered Respiratory Therapists provide medications, treatments and therapy, in order to improve a patient's lung functionality. Job responsibilities involve:
- Operating sophisticated medical equipment
- Gaining classroom and lab experience
- Developing clinical knowledge and experience
- Showing sensitivity to the physical and psychological needs of patients
The majority of Registered Respiratory Therapists work at hospitals, but employment can also be found in home health agencies, clinics, home care delivery services and nursing homes.
Degrees & Certificates
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Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.
Our Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
Additionally, GateWay Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Why should you choose an accredited school?
Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.
Program Accrediting Body Contact Information
Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
To see programmatic outcomes visit http://www.coarc.com/47.html