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How to Choose the Best Respiratory Therapy Program for You [Worksheet]

Posted on Fri, Jul 12, 2019

You’ve done your career research. You know you want to be a respiratory therapist.

But do you know what to look for in a respiratory therapy program? How to tell if it will be worth the money, let alone the time and effort? Which factors could help you decide between two programs that appear to be the same?

To help you take a deeper dive into what sets one respiratory care program apart from another, we’ve prepared a comparison worksheet for you to download, print and use.

Based on a questionnaire template created by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for use by prospective students, this worksheet will help you organize the program information that's crucial to your success.

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Topics: allied health career, health professions, respiratory care

6 Personality Traits of a Good Respiratory Therapist

Posted on Fri, May 31, 2019

 

“Can you go into a room and brighten somebody’s day?”

That’s the first question LaToya Sharp, a registered respiratory therapist, asks when someone wants to know what it takes to make it in this career field.

“Helping someone with breathing problems to feel better, laugh, share, or just smile makes me feel like I’ve kicked the winning field goal for my team,” LaToya says. “You must be sensitive to the individual person’s experience and truly care. That’s when you know the respiratory field is for you.”

Experts say there are at least six key qualities required to be a good respiratory therapist. Do you have what it takes?

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Topics: allied health career, health professions, respiratory care

Respiratory Therapy Could Be the Second Career You Should Have Tried First

Posted on Fri, Mar 29, 2019

Justin Druskis, 32, didn’t set out to become a respiratory therapist. Three years ago, he didn’t even know the career field existed. He just knew he was unhappy at work.

“I had a master’s degree in international business and was a director for a real estate development firm,” Justin said. “Yet I sat behind a desk wondering why I was miserable.”

Talking this over with a buddy of his, Justin said, “You’re always happy with your job. Tell me exactly what it is you do and why you like it so much.”

Turns out, Justin’s buddy is a respiratory therapist.

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Topics: alumni spotlight, allied health career, health professions, respiratory care

LaToya & Mitch: A New Grad & Her Healthcare Hero

Posted on Tue, May 29, 2018

LaToya Sharp's graduation celebration was made extra special thanks to a surprise visit from the healthcare hero who inspired her to become a respiratory therapist.  

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Topics: student spotlight, health professions, commencement, respiratory care

LaToya Called to Healthcare Career While Taking Care of Son

Posted on Mon, Sep 25, 2017

You’ve been by their bedside.

Maybe it was your grandpa or your mom. Maybe it was your brother or your daughter. But you were there for them.

Life threw you a curveball, and you rose to the challenge. You became their caregiver. 

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Topics: allied health career, student spotlight, respiratory care

Bridget Won't Let CF Hold Her Back from Helping Others

Posted on Mon, Jul 31, 2017

You’ve been the patient. Maybe it was when you were just a toddler. Maybe it happened last week. But it definitely changed your life forever.

Somewhere along the way, you found the inspiration to turn your diagnosis into motivation. From that point on, you’ve wanted to help others like you.

Many of our students, like Bridget Huddleston, come to Nebraska Methodist College because of a personal health condition.

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Topics: student spotlight, respiratory care

Bachelor’s Popularity Skyrockets in Respiratory Care Field

Posted on Wed, Nov 23, 2016

For years, the entry point and the typical education among Respiratory Care practitioners has remained the Associate’s degree.

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Topics: allied health career, health professions, respiratory care

Exceptional Care Inspires LaToya to Join Respiratory Therapy

Posted on Thu, Jun 16, 2016

It's been a year since LaToya joined the Respiratory Therapy Associate Degree program at Nebraska Methodist College. She's grown to thrive in the role, and when asked, LaToya’s classmates admire her relaxed, caring attitude toward patients.

This outer calm is remarkable given the journey she's gone through to get here. A Texas native, LaToya moved to Omaha to be with her son, Tadrean, while he waited to receive a liver transplant. During his months on the transplant waiting list, Tadrean needed round-the-clock care, and LaToya stayed at the Ronald McDonald House at night.

At one point, LaToya received even more devastating news: Tadrean was diagnosed with acute chronic respiratory failure. This new diagnosis meant that, in addition to a liver transplant, Tadrean needed a respiratory therapist.

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Topics: student spotlight, respiratory care

Kimberly Shows Resilience In Respiratory Therapy Program

Posted on Tue, May 10, 2016

Kimberly’s life's mission is to help everyone “breathe a little easier.”

But that wasn't always the case. Prior to attending Nebraska Methodist College, she worked in a call center for nine years before saying “enough.” She wanted a career where she could both provide for her family and put her people skills to good use.

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Topics: allied health career, student spotlight, respiratory care

7 Reasons Respiratory Therapy Is Lifting Off

Posted on Tue, Mar 15, 2016

Respiratory therapy is the most in-demand healthcare career no one seems to be talking about. Despite a fantastic job outlook and evidence of a continued need for qualified individuals, respiratory care just doesn’t get the buzz it deserves.

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Topics: healthcare education, allied health career, respiratory care

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