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Respiratory Therapy???????

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by mikejames, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. mikejames

    2+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2007
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    Does anyone know anything about respiratory therapy? Is it a good thing to go into, plus I heard it only took two years. Can anyone give me more info?
  2. StringerBell

    StringerBell It's the final countdown!
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    Jan 24, 2007
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    The last few years, I've been working as a cardiology tech, which, under our hospital, is under the umbrella of respiratory therapy.

    Yes, it does only take 2 years. You don't even need a bachelor's degree - I believe you can do R.T. essentially out of high school. (Don't know if you need pre-req's first...). There are some plusses and minuses - depending on where you work. Some places, you're not going to be doing anything but giving inhaler treatments; at our hospital (Trauma 1), the level IV RT's would intubate, do arterial lines, etc.

    The pay is not bad, (Expect $35/hr to start in CA) and 3 12-hour shifts a week is considered full time. But if your goal is to be a physician, you should stay on that route. Being an RT is a fine job, but it's not a profession as is being a doctor, IMHO. There is a gentleman on SDN who is fairly active in the forums who is an RT, and he should be able to tell you more.
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