Choose a Career in Respiratory Therapy
Respiratory therapy is a rapidly advancing field with diverse and ever-expanding career opportunities – and always the chance to save and improve lives. If you are thinking about becoming a respiratory therapist, you’ve come to right place – and the world needs you.
Take Three Simple Steps to Start Your Bright New Future
No matter where you are in life, it’s never too soon or too late to consider a career in respiratory care. Whether you’re a student just beginning to zero in on what you want to do with your life, or you are already in the working world but want a more exciting and meaningful profession with extraordinary advancement potential, the path from here to there is simpler than you might imagine.
We’ve provided some simple steps and resources below to help you start your journey.
1. Go Exploring
There’s a world of information out there, and the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) offers a great place to start. Visit the Be-An-RT website to find your path to becoming a respiratory therapist.
2. Get Your RT Education
Respiratory therapy is a specialized field, and there are nearly 450 respiratory care educational programs across the U.S. that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) – the gold standard for RT educational excellence.
3. Find Your Voice
When you find a group of people – and a calling – that resonate with you, you just know. Find stories that move you, listen to their voices, then find your voice and begin your own story.
Imagine the Possibilities
You may not realize it, but there are people counting on you to be everything you can be. Welcome to a future where you can be a hero every single day while contributing to a brighter, healthier world. It all begins with a dream of what you could be. The respiratory care field offers you the choice to work with infants, children and/or adults of any age and across a wide variety of care settings, from hospitals and medical practices to sleep labs, emergency air transport, and more. Take a look at some of the incredible jobs out there for RTs: