Respiratory Care is a growing health profession dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. A respiratory therapist treats patients from newborns to the elderly using high tech/state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and life support systems. Skills needed for this field include critical thinking, creativity, mechanical aptitude, and problem-solving.
Clinical rotations for Respiratory Care students begin during the second half of the first term.
Where You Could Go
Employment settings include hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home care, physicians’ offices, education organizations, and research facilities. With further training, graduates can specialize in polysomnography, echocardiography, vascular studies, cardiac/exercise stress testing, ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), and transportation.
NC State has over 40 agreements with four year colleges and universities, to provide a smooth transition for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Through university partnerships, some four-year courses are also offered on the NC State campus or online.
NC State graduates in respiratory care consistently score very high on the state required licensure exam.
While enrolled in the program, students can obtain limited permits to practice through the Ohio Respiratory Care Board, the state licensing board for this field. Students’ lab fees include membership in the Ohio Society for Respiratory Care (OSRC) and the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests. Includes vascular technologists.
Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.
Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.