Therapy--More About the Program
Be in Demand!
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the
demand for respiratory therapists is expected to grow 21 per cent from 2008 to
2018, faster than
average for all occupations'. This increase in demand is expected because of
substantial growth of the middle aged and elderly population and increases in
the numbers of patients with asthma and chronic lung disease.
About the Career
Respiratory care is the allied health profession that cares for patients with
deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. The respiratory
therapist sees a diverse group of patients ranging from newborn and pediatric
patients to adults and the elderly. Disease states or conditions often requiring
respiratory care include asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive lung disease,
pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, infant respiratory distress syndrome, and conditions
brought on by shock, trauma or postoperative surgical complications.
Respiratory therapists are also involved in many specialty areas in the hospital
such as newborn labor and delivery, neonatal and pediatric intensive care units,
pulmonary function laboratory, sleep laboratory, adult intensive care units,
extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation, and EKG testing. In addition to hospitals,
the respiratory therapist delivers respiratory care in the home, rehabilitation
agencies, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, and physician offices.
For More Information
If you need additional information or would like to schedule an appointment or
talk to current students/practitioners, contact Carolyn De Witt, program
coordinator at (708) 608-4326 or