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You might hire a respiratory therapist to:

  • Meet with and examine patients who have pulmonary diseases, disorders, or other complications
  • Conduct, perform, and analyze diagnostic and function tests to assess lung capacity and capability

  • Collaborate with other physicians and nurses to create treatment plans for patients

  • Recommend equipment and treatment for outpatient or home health

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Associate’s or bachelor’s degree or equivalent in respiratory care relevant to country of employment
Graduate of an approved respiratory therapy program relevant to country of employment
Professional certification such as CRT (certified respiratory therapist) or RRT (registered respiratory therapist) or equivalent
ACLS/BCLS and PALS certified, or equivalent, relevant to country of employment
Licensure for the practice of respiratory care in location of facility
A basic understanding of anatomy, physiology, and other sciences
Ability to communicate effectively with families and other medical staff