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Sample respiratory therapist job description

[Hospital X] is committed to providing the highest level of care to the surrounding community. Our physicians and medical professionals prioritize the health and happiness of patients, are team players, and have a track record of exemplary care. We’re looking for a full-time respiratory therapist to join this outstanding team. The ideal candidate will be able to provide superior respiratory therapy and be passionate about helping patients reach their goals. We’re looking not just for experience and education, but also for a willingness to go above and beyond for patients.

Objectives of this role

  • Serve as a vital member of our respiratory therapy team by providing experience, ability, and know-how
  • Collaborate with physicians and nurses to create care plans that fully meet the needs of patients
  • Serve as an emergency respiratory care provider for the hospital and surrounding community
  • Work diligently to address respiratory needs in patients


  • Use equipment to administer oxygen, gas, or aerosol treatment to patients
  • Administer pulmonary function tests to determine lung health
  • Analyze blood to determine oxygen, carbon dioxide, and pH levels
  • Perform diagnostic tests and monitor patients to assess treatment progress
  • Discuss respiratory health with patients and family members, and provide education related to best respiratory health practices
  • Assist physicians and hospital staff with medical procedures

Required skills and qualifications

  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in respiratory care (or equivalent)
  • Professional certification such as CRT (certified respiratory therapist) or RRT (registered respiratory therapist)
  • Licensure for the practice of respiratory care in location of facility
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Certification in BCLS (basic cardiac life support), ACLS (advanced cardiac life support), or PALS (pediatric advanced life support), or equivalent
  • Flexibility in scheduling and willingness to work overtime, as needed