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Kettering College Classes Meeting Online, Faculty & Staff Working Remotely, Due to Coronavirus

Kettering College has moved all face-to-face classes and business operations online as we take precautions to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe during the current novel coronavirus pandemic.

All student activities & events, including those on campus are canceled until further notice.

Student Services (Admissions, Financial Aid, and Records), and Academic Support (tutoring, Writing Center, career services, and advising) have also moved online. It is still their priority to serve students, answer questions, and enroll students for the upcoming semesters.

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Respiratory Care as a Career

Do you have what it takes to be a respiratory therapist (RT)?

  • Do you want to help people in their time of need?
  • Do you like working with technology?  Are you good in math and science?
  • Would you prefer working in a profession where there’s a lot of variety in the job?
  • Do you want to be able to choose the type of place you work in and the type of patients you work with?
  • Are you looking for a career with multiple opportunities for advancement—not just one?

If this sounds like you, our profession could be a great fit.  Check out the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) website. While you’re there, be sure to watch the video clip called “Life and Breath” to take a good look at RTs on the job!

What do RTs do?

  • Diagnose breathing disorders and recommend therapy
  • Interview patients and do physical exams
  • Consult with physicians to recommend therapy changes
  • Analyze breath, tissue, and blood specimens
  • Manage ventilators and artificial airway devices
  • Respond to Code Blue, disasters or urgent calls
  • Transport patients
  • Educate patients and families

Where RTs work?

  • In hospitals right at the bedside, along with doctors and nurses in the ICU, ED, OR, NICU, and PICU
  • Long-term care
  • Pediatrics
  • Home care
  • Sleep medicine
  • Nursing homes
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Doctors offices and clinics
  • Transport
  • Case management, smoking cessation, disaster management, asthma management, education and more…

How do respiratory therapists enter the field and earn a license to practice?

  • An associate’s degree from a community college
  • A bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university
  • A master’s degree from a post-graduate program

The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) evaluates the competence of respiratory therapists.

CRT and RRT Exams

  • After graduation RT students may take the Therapist Multiple Choice exam which, upon achieving the appropriate cut score, leads to the credential Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT).
  • Subsequently they may take the Clinical Simulation exam that lead to the advanced Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.
  • Specialty exams may also be taken in PFTs, neo-peds and sleep medicine

Respiratory therapy employment and financial outlook

  • According to a study from the AARC, the average new graduate earns $41,438 in their first year on the job.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for a Respiratory Therapist in 2010 was $54,280 per year or $26.10 per hour.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for RTs will grow, faster than average, up to 28% over the next decade!
  • With demand rising, so are salaries!

Respiratory therapists have an opportunity to make a substantial difference in the outcome and education of patients with pulmonary problems.

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    • American Respiratory Care Foundation (ARCF)

    • Lambda Beta Honor Society

    • South Dayton AMBUCs Scholarship

    • Ohio Society for Respiratory Care (OSRC) Student Scholarship

    • Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education (CoBGRTE)

Respiratory Care Links

National Board for Respiratory Care

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) – for program accreditation and outcome information

Ohio Respiratory Care Board – for licensing information

Links for job opportunities and more information about the profession:

American Association of Respiratory Care

The Ohio Society for Respiratory Care (OSRC)

Health Professions Network

RT Magazine


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