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Become A Respiratory Therapy Aide

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Working As A Respiratory Therapy Aide

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $51,587

    Average Salary

What Does A Respiratory Therapy Aide Do At Cleveland Clinic

* Assesses patient for appropriate type and frequency of treatment and develops a plan of care based on diagnosis.
* Directs respiratory staff for delivery of care.
* Implements and monitors patient care plan.
* Monitors, records and communicates patient condition as appropriate.
* Performs advanced respiratory care modalities.
* Evaluates respiratory practice, administration of medications, and treatment based on patient outcomes.
* Educates the patient and family about the illness and provides information about community support groups and other available programs.
* At sites where applicable, the employee will perform blood gas puncture and analysis.
* If the employee is designated as a Technical Consultant by the blood gas Laboratory Director, the employee must meet minimum qualifications as specified by the CLIA code of federal regulations.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Respiratory Therapy Aide Do At UPMC

* Assist the Director with the overall management of the department.
* Supervise the daily clinical operations of an area or department providing Respiratory Care.
* Assure the effective and efficient use of all available resources.
* Assure the delivery of quality patient care by all Respiratory Care staff.
* Provide a direct line of communication between all other health care practitioners and Respiratory Care Services.
* Promote the effective utilization of Respiratory Care through assessment, evaluation, protocols and consults.
* Is an educational resource in Respiratory Care for all other health care practitioners.
* Complete performance appraisals, assist with staffing decisions and implementing personnel actions.
* Ensure compliance with hospital and departmental policies.
* Is directly responsible for the department orientation, educational/in-service and competency program.
* Coordinate the evaluation of products and equipment.
* Provide input into departmental equipment selection and function.
* Ensure a safe and appropriate work environment.
* Provide and maintain supply inventory.
* Prepare and provide various reports as needed and requested.
* Assist in implementing all activities required by regulatory agencies.
* Perform all duties and responsibilities required of a Sr Respiratory Therapist, RRT.
* Serve as a role model and resource at all times

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How To Become A Respiratory Therapy Aide

Respiratory therapists typically need an associate’s degree, but some have bachelor’s degrees. Respiratory therapists are licensed in all states except Alaska; requirements vary by state.


Respiratory therapists need at least an associate’s degree, but employers may prefer applicants who have a bachelor’s degree. Educational programs are offered by colleges and universities, vocational–technical institutes, and the Armed Forces. Completion of a program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care may be required for licensure.

Respiratory therapy programs typically include courses in human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, pharmacology, and math. Other courses deal with therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and tests, equipment, patient assessment, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In addition to coursework, programs have clinical components that allow therapists to gain supervised, practical experience in treating patients.

High school students interested in applying to respiratory therapy programs should take courses in health, biology, math, chemistry, and physics.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Respiratory therapists are licensed in all states except Alaska, although requirements vary by state. Licensure requirements in most states include passing a state or professional certification exam. For specific state requirements, contact the state’s health board.

The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) is the main certifying body for respiratory therapists. The Board offers two levels of certification: Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

CRT is the first-level certification. Applicants must have earned an associate’s degree from an accredited respiratory therapy program, or completed the equivalent coursework in a bachelor’s degree program, and pass an exam.

The second-level certification is RRT certification. Applicants must already have CRT certification, meet other education or experience requirements, and pass an exam.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Respiratory therapists should be able to provide emotional support to patients undergoing treatment and be sympathetic to their needs.

Detail oriented. Respiratory therapists must be detail oriented to ensure that patients are receiving the appropriate treatments and medications in a timely manner. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Interpersonal skills. Respiratory therapists interact with patients and often work as part of a team. They must be able to follow instructions from a supervising physician.

Patience. Respiratory therapists may work for long periods with patients who need special attention.

Problem-solving skills. Respiratory therapists need strong problem-solving skills. They must evaluate patients’ symptoms, consult with other healthcare professionals, and recommend and administer the appropriate treatments.

Science and math skills. Respiratory therapists must understand anatomy, physiology, and other sciences and be able to calculate the right dose of a patient’s medicine.

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Respiratory Therapy Aide Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Vietnamese

  • German

  • Cantonese

  • Malayalam

  • Tagalog

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Arabic

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Top Skills for A Respiratory Therapy Aide


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Top Respiratory Therapy Aide Skills

  1. Respiratory Therapy Equipment
  2. Oxygen Therapy
  3. Patient Assessment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Ordered, cataloged and restocked respiratory therapy equipment and supplies.
  • Provided and monitored routine oxygen therapy.
  • Practiced patient assessment skills under the guidance of preceptor in the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department and Medical Floors.
  • Educated medical residents, nurses and respiratory therapy students on mechanical ventilation
  • Provide emergency care, including artificial respiration, external cardiac massage and assistance with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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