How to Become a Respiratory Therapist

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In order to become a respiratory therapist, a person must have graduated from high school, and they usually have to go to college and take any of a number of tests. Discover how to become a respiratory therapist, and work to help others at a variety of settings with help from a nurse and respiratory care practitioner in this free video on respiratory therapy and healthy breathing.

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Hi, I like to speak to you just briefly about how to become a respiratory therapist. First of all you would need to have been graduated from high school or have a high school diploma or GED. You would have to have the desire to want to work with folks who have breathing problems or in usually someone whose had someone in their family that they can relate with that have a breathing problem. You need to be a good listener and be patient with people and you need to be strong in your Sciences and you Math and in Microbiology and your communicational skills. Be prepared to take an entrance exam and interview with the counselor. Be also prepared to maybe go and visit with one of the programs at your community college. There are several ways that you can become a respiratory therapist. One, you can just go in and be a certified technician and or and that's usually a one to eighteen months to two-year program. Then you can take a two-year, a four-year program and then you could become, you can have your Bachelors program. Then you would take a state test in each state you go to, you would be taking either a test or it would be one where it would be accepted from another state. The only two states in the United States that do not require you to have a state license is Alaska and Hawaii. You would want to be prepared that you're going to be working with folks that have spitting up a lot and vomiting and lots of blood and lots of secretions and just a lot of things that may become perhaps a little gross to you. But in the overall effect of becoming a respiratory therapist is very valuable tool, to be able to help others, to be able to work at many settings. But to become one you must to have greatly desire to be one.

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