Interprofessional Health Professions Collaboration

Respiratory Therapist

Required Education & Licensure

Bachelor’s degree and a passing exam score on the National Board for Respiratory Care

What do they do?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they Interview and examine patients with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders, consult with physicians to develop patient treatment plans, perform diagnostic tests such as measuring lung capacity, treat patients by using a variety of methods, including chest physiotherapy and aerosol medications, monitor and record the progress of treatment, supervise respiratory therapy technicians during tests and evaluate the findings of the tests, and teach patients how to use treatments. See program description at Armstrong Respiratory Therapy.

Where do they work?

Hospitals, nursing homes, or home care

Professional Associations


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for respiratory therapists was $57,880 in May 2013.