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Respiratory Therapist

Associate of Applied Science

Credits Required for Graduation: 70.00

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Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory therapists assist in the diagnosis, treatment and education of patients suffering from diseases of the heart and lung. The respiratory therapist may work in intensive care or a regular patient unit, diagnostic laboratory or home care. Some respiratory therapists provide a wide variety of care during a work shift, while others specialize in a particular area such as pediatrics or adult intensive care.

Respiratory therapy requires a strong background in sciences such as math, physics and biology. (If you didn't take much math or science in high school, remedial courses are available at Western to prepare you for the program.) The therapist is expected to be able to handle stressful situations and make multiple decisions regarding patient care during the course of the day. The career also demands a dedication to helping others and an ability to work with other health professionals as a valuable member of the health care team. Breathing is essential 24/7, so respiratory therapists are often expected to work on weekends, holidays and all shifts.

The Respiratory Therapist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244, phone 817. 283.2835.

The goal of the Respiratory Therapist program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).


Program Head

Lynn S Lenz, RRT, B.S., M.Ed.
Program Head
Office: Kumm Building K-203 K
Phone: 608.789.6049

Additional Contacts - Enrollment Services Advisors

Deb Kaiser

Stacey Nelson

Jessica Rudnick

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