Mark Shaw, founder of the site says, “We looked at search engine trends and saw that there has been a clear increasing demand for information about respiratory therapist schools over the last few years.” As a result, he got together a team of people to begin building an online resource purely around college and respiratory therapist programmes. “One of the main problems for potential students,” says Mark, “is that college admissions materials can be very confusing. We wanted to try to present this information in easily understandable form, including prerequisites, course requirements and more. We also wanted to provide, where possible, student pass rates and sometimes even student employment success rates, so applicants could make an informed choice.”
Respiratory therapy is a medical field in which therapists work with patients who have cardiology or pulmonary issues. Two of the major areas respiratory therapists work in are with asthma and sleep apnea patients. Those deciding to pursue a job as a respiratory therapist, will be helping people to breathe better and finding out the root causes of what is causing breathing problems to occur. More generally, respiratory therapists monitor patient respiration processes in every sense, and often have specialist knowledge in this field that doctors do not.
Schools for respiratory therapists accept adult students over the age of 18 that have completed high school or received their GED. Schools that offer respiratory therapy suggest that incoming students have a history of coursework in mathematics, health, chemistry, physics and biology. While these courses are not required for admission, knowledge in theses subjects will prepare the student for the top respiratory therapy schools.
Special focus on the site has been placed on California, which being the largest state also of course has the largest number of RT schools.
For example, Napa Valley College, located in Napa California, is a top level respiratory school that is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Respiratory Care and the American Medical Association. The program lasts two years and at the conclusion of the course the applicants are eligible to take the national and state licensing exams.
American Career College has two respiratory therapy schools in California. The schools are located in southern California. The Ontario campus is located in Ontario, California. The Orange County campus is located in Anaheim, California. The school has new laboratory and computer training equipment. The program focuses on a combination of classroom training and hands on practical training. Financial aid is available.
Foothill College is a respiratory therapist school located in Los Altos Hills, California. Foothill College offers a top level respiratory therapy program, which includes hands on training along with classroom training. The school also offers online courses for students with busy schedules. Graduates of Foothill College are eligible to take the national and state licensure exams.
Other respiratory therapist schools in California include Loma Linda University, which is located in Loma Linda. California. The school has two different program options. The school offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care and a Baccalaureate Certificate in Respiratory Care. The programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs. Once the programs are completed the applicants are eligible to take the national and state licensing exams.
There are also colleges in other states covered on the site. For example, Miami Dade College as one of the biggest, offers an affordable and accessible two-year program to prepare students for a rewarding and challenging career in respiratory therapy. Students gain competence in emergency, diagnostics, newborn and chronic respiratory care through an intense program that includes clinical experience.
Students that have already completed the prerequisite general education courses may enter the Respiratory Therapy Program in August and follow a strict schedule of classes. First-year courses include human anatomy, english composition, chemistry, ethics, pulmonary studies, respiratory care and more. A combination of lectures and laboratory work combine to give students the fundamental knowledge they need to become successful respiratory therapists.
The second year of training continues to build essential skills and includes lectures on mechanical ventilation, speech communication and monitoring. Lab work and in-clinic work offer students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a safe environment, building confidence and solidifying skills learned in the classroom.
Interestingly, there are also a growing number of online respiratory therapy courses. One of these is that you aren’t given a set schedule. That means you can do your schoolwork when you have the time. If you are a late night person, going to an online school means you can study and do your schoolwork at night instead of trying to wake up early to go to a class that you will only be half awake for.
Another advantage is that you can still work a full time job and go to school. Since you can do your school work at any time, you can be able to still make a living, just doing your school work online when you have the time. This also means that you can use your weekends to do school work as well. These are just a few advantages of going to school online for your respiratory therapy degree.
Mark hopes that the new site at http://www.schoolsforrespiratorytherapy.com will prove to be a valuable resource for future respiratory therapists and adds that a forum has also been created for students to discuss the field and exchange information about respiratory therapy schools from personal experience.