Is Respiratory Therapy For YOU?
Respiratory therapists provide the hands-on care that assists in recovery and management of a wide range of cardiopulmonary conditions. MU Graduates are employed in Missouri and throughout the country in positions of advanced clinicians, department managers, medical equipment industry leaders, clinical, academic and community educators, research and development, sales and in public health.
You’ll find respiratory therapists at multiple settings, including:
- intensive care units managing ventilators to keep critically ill patients alive.
- general care hospital wards providing inhaled medications to people with asthma, emphysema, and other respiratory conditions.
- emergency rooms responding to life-threatening situations.
- newborn and pediatric units helping children with conditions ranging from premature birth to cystic fibrosis.
- operating rooms working with anesthesiologists to monitor and manage patients’ breathing during surgery.
- the homes making sure patients have the materials and education they need to manage their disease and prevent hospital admission.
- sleep laboratories helping to diagnose disorders like sleep apnea and narcolepsy.
- pulmonary rehabilitation programs helping patients manage their disease and maximize their quality of life.
- doctor’s offices conducting pulmonary function tests and providing patient education.
- asthma education programs helping children and adults learn how to control their disease.
- air and ground transport programs rushing to rescue people in need of immediate medical attention.
- case management programs helping create long-term care plans for patients.