Associate of Applied Science
As a Respiratory Therapist, also known as a Respiratory Care Practitioner, you are part of a health care team that works to evaluate, treat, and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders in a wide variety of clinical settings.
In this program, you will:
- Learn and develop the knowledge and skills essential to the practice of respiratory care procedures through class work and participatory learning experiences.
- Learn the fundamentals of clinical decision making (such as patient evaluation, treatment selection, and assessment of treatment efficacy) and patient education.
- Develop an appreciation of the professional standards and ethics.
- Be prepared to work in a hospital, home care company, physician’s office, extended care facility, outpatient center, in respiratory care equipment sales, or as an educator in a hospital, college, or university.
As a graduate, you may choose to specialize in:
- Neonatology or pediatrics (caring for infants or children).
- Sleep diagnostics.
- Pulmonary function testing.
- Providing home care services.
- Critical and emergent care settings.
Enrollment is limited.
External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.
The Respiratory Care Program at Baker College of Auburn Hills is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road Bedford, TX 76021, (817) 283-2835.
This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.
- The average annual wage for Respiratory Therapists is $54,200.
- Opportunities are expected to grow 21 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than average, as a result of a growing middle-aged and elderly population who are more susceptible to respiratory disorders and related diseases
- Respiratory Therapists work in many different settings — hospital labs, intensive-care units, emergency rooms, critical care, operating rooms, sleep diagnostic facilities, and home care.
- Some may specialize in one area, or become involved in disease prevention, stop-smoking programs, or clinics that help people with chronic respiratory disease.
- Typically, the work week is 35 to 40 hours. Those who work in hospitals may work evenings, nights, or weekends.
- Therapists who work in home care may make emergency visits if equipment problems arise.