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As a Respiratory Therapist, you will use a variety of sophisticated equipment and techniques to measure how a patient's lungs and circulatory system are working in order to evaluate and monitor a patient's respiratory health. Doctors and nurses rely on Respiratory Therapists' specialized knowledge in areas such as use of oxygen and oxygen mixtures, and aerosol medications.
You will work with a variety of patients, from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed, to elderly people who suffer from injury, severe illness, emphysema, chronic asthma, and other diseases. The other health care professionals on your team, as well as your patients, will depend upon you daily for the information you gather and the technical expertise you bring.
GCC graduates are prepared to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentials. These credentials qualify graduates to apply for a state license to practice Respiratory Therapy. The program utilizes approximately 30 different clinical rotations in western NY and the majority of graduates are offered jobs at these locations upon graduation.