Respiratory Care

What is respiratory care?
Respiratory care is a health care specialty involved in the assessment, treatment, management and diagnostic evaluation of patients with cardiopulmonary disease.

What are respiratory therapists?
Respiratory therapists work under the direction of a physician. They are part of a multidisciplinary team of health professionals that provide care for patients with conditions such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, chest trauma, as well as other lung and heart diseases. Respiratory therapists are trained in adult, pediatric and neonatal care.

For more information regarding the field of respiratory care see www.aarc.org/.

  • Administration of medical gases, including oxygen
  • Aerosol therapy
  • Hyperinflation therapy
  • Bronchial hygiene techniques
  • Arterial blood gas punctures
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Ventilator management
  • EKG monitoring
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Sleep studies
  • Rehabilitation
  • General medical
  • Surgical
  • Intensive care
  • Emergency/trauma
  • Pediatric and neonatal
  • Home care
  • Sleep
  • Diagnostic
  • Rehabilitation
  • Long term acute care
  • Hospitals
  • Long term acute care facilities
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Homecare equipment companies
  • Physicians’ offices

Stark State College’s respiratory care program, CoARC program #200354, awards an associate of applied science degree and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

www.coarc.com