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Are you a problem-solver who’s also compassionate, sensitive and personable? Are you ready for a fast-growing health career?

If so, take a look at El Centro’s Respiratory Care Program.

What Does a Respiratory Care Practitioner Do?

Respiratory care practitioners specialize in helping to treat people who have breathing problems or diseases. They specialize in the management, treatment, evaluation and rehabilitation of people with diseases such as asthma, emphysema, coronary heart disease and more. Respiratory care practitioners also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock.

They work in almost every area of health care, with patients ranging from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients with diseases.

Get started with Respiratory Care today!

Why Is This a Good Career Bet?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy – nearly one-third of the total increase – through 2022. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs listed by America’s Career Infonet are in health care occupations. Job growth in the health care industry reflects the medical needs of a larger older population and more insured people in the U.S. stemming from health care reform. 

According to America’s Career Infonet, respiratory therapists and respiratory care technicians rank 15th and 20th respectively of the top 100 fastest-growing jobs requiring at least an associate degreewith projected annual job growth nationally of 19 and 17 percent. 

Respiratory therapists are listed as a targeted occupation in Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’ 2015 top local job openings, showing 1,310 job openings at an average salary of $26.34 an hour. U.S. News and World Report’s Money Careers’ lists respiratory therapist as number 24 among its top 36 “best health jobs”​ through the next decade.

Degrees or Certificates in the Respiratory Care Program

El Centro College

The catalog provides detailed information about the courses required for the Respiratory Care Program Associate in Applied Sciences degree. This degree can be completed in five semesters by a full-time student.

Program graduates may sit for the entry-level certified respiratory therapist credentialing exam and the advanced practitioners’ registered respiratory therapist exam offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care.