Respiratory Therapists are licensed health care professionals who evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Working closely with physicians, Respiratory Therapists are actively involved in the daily care of their patients by teaching and promoting respiratory health, administering therapy, working on the "code team" performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), or helping to improve the quality of life of people with breathing disorders. Respiratory Therapists may work in hospitals, care for newborn babies in nurseries, travel around to care for patients at home, or pursue business/sales opportunities.
This fully accredited program combines lectures, laboratory activities, and hospital experience that lead to an Associate in Science degree, eligibility for the national examinations, and entrance into the Massachusetts licensure process.
Information regarding accredited Respiratory Care programs may be obtained from the Committee on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC) at 1248 Harwood Rd., Bedford, Texas; 76021-4244; (817)- 283-2835, www.coarc.com. Additional information can be obtained from the American Association of Respiratory Care at www.AARC.org.
Students interested in participating in an academic program that involves working with children, the disabled, or the elderly, or which includes a clinical affiliation, internship, or field placement with a private or public healthcare provider, may be required to undergo criminal background checks, including a national as well as local check (i.e. Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI)). Depending on the contents of these criminal background check(s), a student's participation in an academic program that involves working with children, the disabled, or the elderly or which includes a clinical affiliation, internship or field placement with a private or public healthcare provider may not be allowed, and therefore may impact a student's ability to complete program requirements. Furthermore, please note that eligibility to participate in the program and/or clinical affiliation, internship or field placement as a result of screening requirements, such as criminal background checks, is not a guarantee of eligibility to sit for professional credentialing examination(s) or employment upon graduation.
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