A growing number of people have been looking to break into the health care field in recent years. Due to the current growth as well as the demand for the position, respiratory therapy is a great avenue to start your health care career. Respiratory therapist education is very competitive and requires lots of dedication from the applicant.

A College Degree in Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapy education requirements usually include a two-year associate's degree and prerequisites in physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, pharmacology and mathematics. Searching for a program is not very difficult these days. There are respiratory therapy programs located in almost every major city throughout the United States. Programs are taught in major universities and community colleges (which are the most popular), medical schools, vocational technical institutes and the armed forces. An A.S degree in respiratory therapy can be earned at anyone of these higher learning institutions.

Upon completion of the program, your credentials will be granted through the NBRC (national board of respiratory care). The respiratory therapy education and skills taught in each program helps you apply therapeutic and diagnostic procedures to patients with cardiovascular and respiratory problems. As well as having the proper skills needed to treat each patient, a background in computers is also expected. After the completion of a RT program, CRT credentials will be awarded.

Advanced Education for Respiratory Therapists

Many RT's continue their education for more advanced training, where the certification of RTT can be earned. With more education you will be placed in a more advanced position and in a higher pay scale. Also continued education with a bachelor's or master's degree makes you look more attractive to the companies that are hiring.

With higher areas of respiratory therapy education, you can find yourself able to work in supervisory or managerial positions after a couple of years. The more familiar you become with the medical field, new positions may unfold. With a great educational background and work ethic you may be involved in developing, marketing or selling respiratory pharmaceuticals and medical devices.