Asthma. Fluid in your lungs. Emphysema. Any one of these conditions can make a person's life very difficult. If you'd like to help people breathe easier, consider becoming an advanced-level RT, another in-demand, well-paying career you can achieve in just two years at Mercyhurst North East. Respiratory therapists work to prevent, identify, and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. Classroom instruction combined with clinical experience in actual RT settings will provide you with the knowledge and hands-on skills to work in this growing field.
The goal of this program is to prepare our graduates to excel at the Registered Respiratory Therapist level and to take both the National Board for Respiratory Care Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC) and Clinical Simulation Examination, credentials required to practice as a respiratory therapist in most states.
For more information about our accrediting agency, visit the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care website.
In 2008, about 81 percent of RT jobs were in hospitals, mainly in departments of respiratory care, anesthesiology, or pulmonary medicine. Most of the remaining jobs were in offices of physicians or other health practitioners, consumer-goods rental firms that supply respiratory equipment for home use, nursing care facilities, and home health care services.
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Median annual earnings of wage-and-salary respiratory therapists were $52,200 in May 2008.
Employment of respiratory therapists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations—by about 21 percent from 2008 to 2018. This is largely due to the growing elderly population, which widely suffers from respiratory ailments and cardiopulmonary diseases such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and heart disease.
The vast majority of job openings will continue to be in hospitals. However, a growing number of openings are expected to be outside of hospitals, especially in home health care services, offices of physicians or other health practitioners, consumer-goods rental firms, or in the employment services industry as a temporary worker in various settings.
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In addition to Mercyhurst North East's standard requirements for admission, which include a high school diploma, a minimum GPA of 2.5, and either an ACT, SAT or MNE Placement Test score, individuals applying for admission to the respiratory therapist program are subject the following standards:
Transferring in from another college? Transfers are welcome in this program, assuming we get a final, official college transcript from each college you have attended. If you still owe another college money, and cannot get a transcript, you will not be permitted to start classes. Check out our credit transfer policies to get an idea of what credits may transfer in.
If you should have any questions regarding your admission into the program, please contact this program's admissions counselor, Kathy Hill, for more information by calling 814-725-6197 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Respiratory Therapy associate degree program at Mercyhurst University - The North East Campus, located in North East, Pa., program number 200556, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
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Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
According to CoARC's website: Accreditation is a status that provides assurance to prospective students, their families and the general public that an institution (or a program) meets minimum requirements (i.e., Accreditation Standards) and that there are reasonable grounds to believe the institution (or program) will continue to meet those standards in the future.
As the field of Respiratory Therapy continues to grow and expand it is important for students to also expand and continue to learn during their educational pursuits and as a professional. The knowledge that is gained in the program is a wonderful foundation to continue to grow on. Throughout the educational experience students will gain the scientific knowledge needed to provide respiratory therapy to patients in need. Along with the knowledge gained the students will also gain the skills needed for applying that knowledge. Students of the Respiratory Therapy Program are encouraged to become independent and lifelong learners. Students must have the desire to graduate and continue to grow professionally. The overall task of the Respiratory Therapy Program is to provide our students with the theoretical background and the clinical experience necessary to become successful Respiratory Therapists.