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									   Respiratory Therapy

A Life and Breath Career for You!
   Careers in Allied Health

Diagnostic/Brief Encounter
• Nuclear Medicine Tech
                             Extended Relationship
• Medical Technologist
                             • Nursing
• Perfusionist
                             • Physician’s Assistant
• Ultrasound Tech
                             • Respiratory Therapist
• Radiography Tech
                             • Physical Therapist
• Invasive Cardiology Tech
                             • Occupational Therapist
• Nurse Anesthetist
     What is Respiratory Therapy?
Respiratory therapists have an in-depth knowledge of
     • Cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology
     • Patient assessment and cardiopulmonary diagnostics
     • Pulmonary disease
     • Advanced life support and critical care
     • Pharmacology
     • Biomedical engineering and technology
Respiratory therapists effectively
     • Assess
     • Educate and
     • Treat patients with heart and lung problems
                What Do
       Respiratory Therapists Do?
• Respiratory therapists:
  –   Develop implement and modify patient care plans
  –   Apply patient driven protocols and clinical pathways
  –   Implement asthma and COPD disease management programs
  –   Perform therapeutic and diagnostic procedures
  –   Evaluate patients’ home environments
  –   Employ evidence-based clinical practice
  –   Conduct freedom from nicotine programs/counselling
          In Summary…

Respiratory Therapists work as physician
 extenders to evaluate, treat, and care for
  patients with lung and heart disorders.
What Breathing Disorders Do
Respiratory Therapists Treat?

•   Asthma
•   Bronchitis
•   Emphysema
•   COPD
•   Cystic Fibrosis
•   Chest Trauma
•   Pneumonia
 What Kinds of Patients Do
Respiratory Therapists Treat?
                •   Lung disease patients
                •   Cardiac patients
                •   Neuromuscular patients
                •   Accident victims
                •   Premature babies
                •   Children
                •   Adults
                •   The elderly
  Respiratory Therapists Perform
        Patient Assessment
• Patient Interview
    • Cough and sputum
    • Breathlessness and wheezing
    • Chest illness
    • Smoking
    • Occupational history
    • Home environmental conditions
   Respiratory Therapists Perform
        Physical Assessment
• Physical Assessment
     • General appearance
     • Vital signs
     • Chest inspection
     • Breath sounds
     • Percussion / palpation
     • Bedside assessment of cardiopulmonary function
• Respiratory Care Plan Development & Implementation
Respiratory Therapists Perform Diagnostic
       and Therapeutic Procedures
                     •   Arterial blood gas analysis
                     •   Pulmonary function studies
                     •   Sleep studies
                     •   EKGs and cardiac tests
                     •   Sputum specimens
                     •   Stress and exercise testing
                     •   Gas therapy
                     •   Medication administration
                     •   Secretion management
                     •   Chest physiotherapy
                     •   Lung expansion therapy
                     •   Pulmonary rehabilitation
    Where Do Respiratory Therapists
• Acute care hospitals
• Diagnostic laboratories
• Rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities
• Patient’s homes
• Patient transport services
• Physician offices
• Convalescent and retirement centers
• Educational institutions, including colleges
  and universities
• Government and industry
   How Does the Job Market Look
    for Respiratory Therapists?
• The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists
  Respiratory Therapy as among the fastest growing
• BLS projects a 28% increase in demand for
  respiratory therapists for the period 2004-2014.
• Family Money Magazine lists Respiratory Therapy among
  the top 50 careers for the 21st century (January/February
  2000, p. 52)
How Does the Job Market Look
 for Respiratory Therapists?
       The need for RTs is growing due to:
         – large increase in the elderly population
         – environmental impact on diseases such as
         – smoking and COPD
         – technological advances in treatment of
           cardiopulmonary disease
         – advances in treatment of premature babies
         – retirements
           How Much Do
    Respiratory Therapists Make?
• Salary varies with educational
  degree and years of experience.
• Supervisors, clinical specialists, and
  department managers tend to have
  higher salaries.
• Median starting salaries for MU
  graduate respiratory therapists =
  currently $49,535.
• Sign-on incentives range from
  $3,000 - $15,000.
        My Aptitudes & Strengths?

•   Critical Thinking
•   Interpersonal Relationship Skills
•   Dedication
•   Manual Dexterity
•   Accuracy
•   Focused Under Pressure
•   Integrity
•   Commitment to Life-Long Learning
  Is Respiratory Therapy For Me?
• A career as a respiratory therapist can
  – the ability to make a difference in peoples lives
  – interesting and meaningful work
  – a high tech and exciting career
  – a people oriented profession
  – the opportunity to become a respected member
    of the health professions
• Imagine yourself helping Charlie Adams!
     Charlie Adams – 55yo MVA
• Head and chest trauma ED admission
      • Secure airway - intubate and ventilate
• Transfer to ICU
      • Establish and manage mechanical ventilation
• Step-down unit
      • Airway hygiene, aerosolized meds and O2 therapy
• Discharge to LTAC or home
What is Best About Practicing as a
     Respiratory Therapist?
“Our work is very gratifying in that we serve people of all
  ages who are greatly appreciative of what we do for them.
  When they are having difficulty breathing, relief is what
  primarily matters to them. We often work with our
  patients from the time of their admission through to their
  discharge, so we get to see the change that results from
  what we do for them. When we go home at the end of the
  day we carry a sense of satisfaction that is uncommon in
  many careers because when we treat and manage our
  patients there is immediate and measurable improvement.
  We are also highly respected by physicians, nurses, and
  others with whom we practice.”
       How Do I Become a
  Student Respiratory Therapist?

• BS Degree in Biology and
  Respiratory Therapy
  – Highly respected 4-year
  – Option in the MU Biology
    curriculum since 1982
  – 16-month Professional Phase
  – Post BS Option for you!
How Do I Apply to the Respiratory
      Therapy Program?

1. Transfer & designate Bio/Resp major
2. Apply as a graduate - deadline –
  – Transcripts
  – Recommendations
  – Visits
What Courses Do I Need
   to Prepare for the
Program as a Graduate?
           • Biology, Human A&P,
             Chemistry, Microbiology,
             Physics, Math, and
             General Ed coursework .

           • Students benefit from a
             strong background in
             Math and Science.
 Is Respiratory Therapy For Me?

• A career as a respiratory therapist can
  – a great job at a good salary
  – job security
  – the opportunity to help others
  – recognition, respect, and appreciation
  – a sense of accomplishment
• A rewarding career for life
           Respiratory Therapists
            Make a Difference
                You can too!!!
           Website:   http://muweb.millersville.edu/~rtp
           Email:     muprt@comcast.net

               Millersville University
           Program in Respiratory Therapy
                   P.O. Box 1002
               Millersville, PA 17551
                      (717) 291-8457

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