Career in Respiratory Therapy
In 2010, there were 112,700 medical career professionals working in respiratory therapy in the U.S, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Respiratory therapists may specialize in evaluating, treating, and caring for people with breathing problems. Most respiratory therapists may work in hospital respiratory departments.
Medical Programs at Respiratory Therapy Schools
Respiratory therapy schools may offer associate's and bachelor's degree programs for respiratory therapists with coursework that may include pharmacology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology. Most states may require respiratory therapists to take a certification exam and obtain a license.