Entry Level Education
Body Fluid Interaction
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.
What Respiratory Therapist Do:
Respiratory therapists care for patients who have trouble breathingfor example, from a chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma or emphysema. They also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock.
How to Become One:
Earn an associate's or bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy. Complete the Examination to Become a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT). West Virginia requires licensure by the WV Board of Respiratory Care.