Technology of Respiratory Therapy

Applied Health Sciences

Technology of Respiratory Therapy

Technology of Respiratory Therapy

Program Overview

Helping Others Breathe More Easily!

Breathing – it’s one of those things we take for granted. Rising levels of pollution, combined with an aging population, are making breathing difficulties more common. Respiratory technologists are crucial members of the health care team who monitor and help patients with cardiopulmonary needs.  Whether helping a newborn baby to draw their first breath or helping an elderly patient with chronic lung disease, respiratory technologists make a real difference in patients’ lives.  Respiratory technologists provide care in many different situations and environments, from therapy for patients at home with asthma or terminal disease requiring end-of-life care, to emergency care for victims of a heart attack, stroke, drowning, or trauma.

Respiratory Technologists provide care, assessment, evaluation, and monitoring patients ranging in age from premature infants to the elderly. As a respiratory technologist, you must possess good communication skills. You will work side by side with physicians, nurses and other health care providers in caring for patients with lung disorders.

GU Technology of  Respiratory therapy program will teach you the skills you need to become a respiratory therapist. You will learn how to assess a patient’s condition, develop an appropriate care plan, handle technical equipment, make scientific calculations, and work independently to assist physicians. Our program also offers lab training, classroom study and supervised experience in GU educational hospital and health care settings. This program teaches you the latest in the technology of  respiratory therapy and provides you with the active, hands-on laboratory experience you need to succeed as a respiratory technologist (RT).

Degree Requirements

To graduate this program, you need to study the following credit hours:

University Requirement: 20 Credit Hours.

General Field Requirement: 27 Credit Hours.

Major Requirements: 83 Credit Hours.

Total: 130 Credit Hours.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will possess the following skills:

  • Work efficiently in a team under the supervision of intensive care physicians, and communicate effectively with the rest of the medical staff and patients with commitment to professionalism and ethics.
  • Follow the vital signs of patients, and use ventilators and other devices and tools professionally and efficiently to get the maximum benefit for the patient.
  •  Maintain the devices, identify their problems, solve simple ones and ask for help from bioengineers for difficult and complicated problems.
  • Excel in Information Technology (IT), to help him/her in doing statistics, researches and other scientific studies.
  • Work in a team and have good communication skills.

Potential Job Opportunities

A career in  the technology of respiratory therapy is ideal for compassionate individuals interested in lung-related healthcare. GU graduates of respiratory therapy program will find jobs as respiratory technologists in :

  • Hospitals giving breathing treatments to people with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
  • Intensive care units managing ventilators that keep the critically ill alive.
  • Emergency rooms delivering life-saving treatments.
  • Newborn and pediatric units helping kids with conditions ranging from premature birth to cystic fibrosis.
  • Patients' homes providing regular check-ups and making sure people have what they need to stay out of the hospital.

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