The prerequisites for the respiratory care program are defined by your affiliated college or university.
You must successfully complete the required pre-professional and professional college course work before you are eligible to begin the Respiratory Care Clinical Rotation at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.
Respiratory therapists generally work between 35 and 40 hours a week. Because hospitals operate around the clock, therapists may work evenings, nights or weekends.
Respiratory therapists spend long periods standing and walking between patients' rooms. In an emergency, they work under a great deal of stress.
Gases used by respiratory therapists are stored under pressure and are potentially hazardous. However, adherence to safety precautions, as well as regular maintenance and testing of equipment, minimizes the risk of injury. As in many other health occupations, respiratory care therapists come in contact with patients who may have infectious diseases, but precautions are taken to minimize risk.
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