Respiratory Care Practitioners

Respiratory Care Practitioners or Respiratory Therapists evaluate, care for and treat individuals with breathing and/or cardiopulmonary diseases and issues. The therapist must work under the direction of a physician to administer treatments or perform testing, but is primarily responsible to prepare breathing treatments, maintain mechanical ventilation equipment, perform a variety of pulmonary tests and treatments as well as test arterial blood for blood gas levels. Respiratory Care Practitioners must complete at a minimum, an Associate's Degree in Respiratory Care and must be licensed by the Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners in the State of NJ. For more information on accredited and approved educational programs for Respiratory Therapists, please visit Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education.

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