Carrington College Helps Breathe New Life into Respiratory Care Careers

MESA, Ariz. – (Nov. 14, 2011) –  With a substantial growth in the middle-aged and elderly population in the United States, there is an increasing need for respiratory therapists who work in a variety of medical settings to treat conditions, such as asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer, strokes and birth defects. Employment is expected to grow 21% over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Carrington College Mesa, a part of DeVry Inc., a global provider of educational services, offers the tools necessary to launch a career in respiratory care.

“It’s not only the large aging population that is bringing new needs to the health care system,” said Tracy Cagan, respiratory care program director at Carrington College Mesa. “The role of a respiratory therapist is expanding more into case management, disease prevention, emergency care and early detection of pulmonary disorders, which expands the opportunities available to medical professionals.”

In response to this increased need, Carrington College Mesa respiratory care program offers hands-on classroom training, interactive lab exercises and clinical experiences to prepare students to evaluate, treat and care for patients. Coursework focuses on developing a thorough understanding of human anatomy, patient assessment, diagnostic procedures and tests, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and therapeutic treatments. The associate degree program consists of 27 courses that are offered year-round and provide flexible class schedules.

The program is designed to help students meet strict standards set by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and once completed, students are eligible for the NBRC credentialing exam to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist. With this certification, respiratory therapists practice under the direction of a physician and interact with other health care staff to develop effective patient health care plans. Employment opportunities exist in hospitals, physicians’ offices, hyperbaric oxygen units, skilled nursing facilities, laboratories, home healthcare and medical flight transports and career advancement is possible with a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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