Respiratory Therapy Career Training
Online respiratory therapy degree programs usually lead to an associate's degree -- the minimum educational requirement for respiratory therapists. All but two states in the nation require professional licensure as well as current CPR certifications. Respiratory therapists work under direct supervision of physicians as they help diagnose patients' lung disorders, analyze breathing pathways and tissues, operate ventilators or other airway devices, and help in patient education. Respiratory therapy professionals are usually employed in hospitals, although they may also find jobs in physicians' offices, private clinics, and extended care facilities.