What is Respiratory Therapy?
Respiratory therapists work in cooperation with physicians to care for patients with a wide range of breathing disorders including asthma, emphysema, pneumonia and lung infections, cystic fibrosis and breathing difficulties due to premature birth. Respiratory therapists may work in a variety of settings from hospitals to home health care agencies and from outpatient centers and physicians offices to sleep disorder clinics.
The Department of Respiratory Therapy at Georgia State University offers several programs of study. The overall purpose of the Department is to provide a quality education that is relevant and professionally sound to meet the respiratory therapy needs of the health care community. It is our goal to prepare practitioners who can demonstrate the attitudes, skills, and knowledge required to meet the changing needs of the community. The respiratory therapist works with all members of the health care team in identifying and solving problems of respiratory disease and disorders of the cardiopulmonary system.
More information about the profession can be found from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), the national organization of the profession, at www.aarc.org/career