The United States is currently witnessing a boom in demand for knowledgeable, qualified respiratory therapists. This need derives mainly from our aging population. As baby boomers move into retirement, we are seeing an increase in age-related health issues, including pulmonary conditions. Respiratory therapists are required to help patients cope with, recover from and find comfort with their conditions.
Another major cause stems from the poor air quality found in communities around the world. From cities in the United States to developing countries across the globe, a decline in air quality has resulted in an increase in lung-related health conditions. We rely on respiratory therapists to help fight these health issues.
The need for kind, caring respiratory therapists and health care professionals is clear. Today, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute estimates there are 12 million patients suffering from undiagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as 12 million diagnosed patients.
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“What I am learning and what I have learned is WELL worth the hard work and sacrifice of time and money. I am so excited to be part of the promotion of this field as well. I believe in our field, and I am an eager advocate for the requirement that all RTs hold a bachelor's degree.”
Yes. The vast majority of our students work throughout their time in their academic program. It is important to assess course load and financial aid to understand how to balance school and work.
If possible, students may cut down on their work hours during a clinical portion of a program.
Most of our programs do not require onsite visits, but there is one exception. If you are interested in pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Midwifery, you will have 1 skills intensives that takes place on campus.
Yes. Many of our students qualify for some type of financial aid.
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