Where you’ll go:
As a respiratory therapist, you’ll perform diagnostic tests, provide treatment, and educate patients of all ages with a variety of respiratory illnesses or cardiopulmonary dysfunction. This career is in growing demand in the United States due to chronic lung disease being the fourth leading cause of U.S. deaths, advances in technology, and the aging population. Parkland graduates often begin working in a limited capacity while still in school, gaining valuable clinical experience.
The Parkland program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.1248 Harwood Rd, Bedford, TX, 76021-4244, 817/283-2835
- Graduates are eligible to complete the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination to earn the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential and the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RTT) credential upon successful completion of both the Therapist Multiple Choice Exam and the Clinical Simulation Exam. The CRT and/or RRT credentials are used as the basis for licensure in all 49 states that regulate the practice of respiratory care. Additional specialty credentials are available for neonatal-pediatric care (NPS), for sleep medicine (SDS), for diagnostics (CPFT, RPFT), and adult critical care (ACCS.)
- Practice in respiratory care requires a state license.