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Become A Respiratory Therapy Assistant

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Working As A Respiratory Therapy Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $59,700

    Average Salary

What Does A Respiratory Therapy Assistant Do At Ascension Health

* Cleans, assembles and inspects all equipment to be processed.
* Provides for proper sterilization of processed items.
* Monitors, receives, and stocks all respiratory care supplies and medical gas cylinders.
* Maintains storage areas with required supply levels and equipment.
* Checks and maintains hospital emergency equipment and supplies.
* Checks equipment for proper functioning and calls appropriate resource for repair.
* Other duties as assigned.
* Performs cleaning, processing, assembly, and proper verification of all equipment as documented on the Equipment Check off List and based on established departmental procedural guidelines.
* Delivers equipment to practitioners or units as needed.
* Maintains supply PAR levels in the department and on units.
* Maintains rental equipment log.
* Assists with ordering of supplies.
* Performs blood gas, co-oximetry and electrolyte analysis with 100% accuracy within five minutes of specimen receipt and reports results via defined laboratory policy.
* Performs daily and routine maintenance and controls on blood gas analyzers as required and documents according to policy and procedure.
* Informs pulmonary lab personnel of blood gas analyzers issues.
* Maintains an adequate supply of oxygen and heliox cylinders in the department and throughout the units replacing cylinders when gauge indicates less than 1000 PSI according to established departmental guidelines.
* Stocks all areas of the hospital with oxygen tanks per established PAR levels and assists with the ordering of medical gas cylinders.
* Responds to cardiopulmonary resuscitations and MET calls based on established department with Glidescope and emergency airway bag per procedural guidelines

What Does A Respiratory Therapy Assistant Do At Highmark Health

* Manages the daily operations of the Department(s).
* Develops, evaluates, and implements department policies and procedures. (35%)
* Selects, monitors, and develops staff to ensure a professional, motivated, well-informed and knowledgeable staff by completing performance evaluations, providing ongoing feedback, and identifying learning needs. (30%)
* Manages ongoing departmental quality assurance and performance improvement activities.
* Coordinates and prepares all the designated departments for inspection by the various accrediting agencies. (20%)
* Develops and oversees all operating budgets within the designated departments.
* Ensures the department(s) are adequately equipped and supplied to deliver services outlined in the departments Scopes of Service and or Mission Statement. (10%)
* Performs clinical duties according to hospital and department policies. (5%)
* Oversees QA, linearity, Calibration verification C Cap regulation.
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Respiratory Therapy Assistant Do At Kindred Healthcare

Conduct physician-prescribed treatments such as oxygen therapy, bronchial hygiene therapy, medicinal nebulizer therapy, ventilator care, diagnostic testing and assessment/evaluation Perform arterial punctures, operate blood gas analyzers, measure/determine the acid base balance efficiency of ventilation and metabolism of the respiratory system; ensure adequate ventilation during cardiopulmonary resuscitation Record treatment and patients' responses in respiratory care records and patient charts Report necessary treatments and condition of patients to relief personnel Report adverse treatment/drug reactions to physician, nurse and/or pharmacy, documenting all information Perform diagnostic procedures: e.g

What Does A Respiratory Therapy Assistant Do At Northwell Health

* Selects, develops, manages and evaluates direct reports and oversees the selection, development and management of indirect reports.
* Ensures performance appraisals are completed in a timely manner.
* Prepares and maintains staff schedules, payroll and employee files.
* Participates in orientation and training of new hires.
* Provides cross training to improve efficiency of work flow and promote professional growth of staff and acts as an educational resource.
* Assists with developing and implementing protocols for all aspects of Respiratory Therapy.
* Analyzes outcomes data for purpose of performance improvement.
* Assures accurate and complete physician prescription.
* Compares prescription requisitions with medical record order form, ensures information is complete and clarifies any discrepancies with ordering physician, implements and monitors performance improvement initiatives.
* Provides prescribed respiratory therapy as necessary.
* Responds to Cardiac Team and STAT situations.
* Documents all activities and patient outcomes/responses per established protocols.
* Requires BLS / ACLS
* Participates in on call schedule for managers as needed
* Performs related duties, as required

What Does A Respiratory Therapy Assistant Do At K.A. Recruiting, Inc.

bull;Therapeutic use of medical gases, air\oxygen apparatus, humidification and aerosol administration devices, and ventilatory assistance\control equipment. - •Administration of aerosolized medication, breathing exercises, chest physiotherapy, postural drainage, and airway suction treatments. - •Application of FIO2 and SpO2 analysis and monitoring equipment. - •Performs •Pulmonary Function Testing - •Performs Nocturnal Desaturation Study and scans for physician interpretation - •Performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, airway establishment, and airway maintenance. - •Completion of all clinical, non-clinical, documentation, and charging procedures in accordance with Hospital and Departmental procedures

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How To Become A Respiratory Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy assistants need an associate’s degree from an accredited occupational therapy assistant program. They also must be licensed in most states. Occupational therapy aides typically have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Education and Training

Occupational therapy assistants typically need an associate’s degree from an accredited program. Occupational therapy assistant programs are commonly found in community colleges and technical schools. In 2014, there were more than 200 occupational therapy assistant programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, a branch of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

These programs generally require 2 years of full-time study and include instruction in subjects such as psychology, biology, and pediatric health. In addition to taking coursework, occupational therapy assistants must complete at least 16 weeks of fieldwork to gain hands-on work experience.

People interested in becoming an occupational therapy assistant should take high school courses in biology and health education. They also can increase their chances of getting into a community college or technical school program by doing volunteer work in a healthcare setting, such as a nursing care facility, an occupational therapist’s office, or a physical therapist’s office.

Occupational therapy aides typically have a high school diploma or equivalent. They are trained on the job under the supervision of more experienced assistants or aides. Training can last from several days to a few weeks and covers a number of topics, including the setting up of therapy equipment and infection control procedures, among others. Previous work experience in healthcare, as well as certifications in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic life support (BLS), may be helpful in getting a job.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Occupational therapy assistants and aides frequently work with patients who struggle with many of life’s basic activities. As a result, they should be compassionate and have the ability to encourage others.

Detail oriented. Occupational therapy assistants and aides must be able to quickly and accurately follow the instructions, both written and spoken, of an occupational therapist. In addition, aides must pay attention to detail when performing clerical tasks, such as helping a patient fill out an insurance form.  

Flexibility. Assistants must be flexible when treating patients. Because not every type of therapy will work for each patient, assistants may need to be creative when working with occupational therapists to determine the best type of therapy to use for achieving a patient’s goals.

Interpersonal skills. Occupational therapy assistants and aides spend much of their time interacting with patients and therefore should be friendly and courteous. They also should be able to communicate clearly with patients and with patients’ families to the extent of their training.

Physical strength. Assistants and aides need to have a moderate degree of strength because of the physical exertion required to assist patients. Constant kneeling, stooping, and standing for long periods also are part of the job.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Nearly all states require occupational therapy assistants to be licensed or registered. Licensure typically requires the completion of an accredited occupational therapy assistant education program, completion of all fieldwork requirements, and passing the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. Some states have additional requirements.

Occupational therapy assistants must pass the NBCOT exam to use the title “Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant” (COTA). They must also take continuing education classes to maintain their certification.

The American Occupational Therapy Association also offers a number of specialty certifications for occupational therapy assistants who want to demonstrate their specialized level of knowledge, skills, and abilities in specialized areas of practice such as low vision or feeding, eating and swallowing.

Occupational therapy aides are not regulated.


Some occupational therapy assistants and aides advance by gaining additional education and becoming occupational therapists. A small number of occupational therapist “bridge” education programs are designed to qualify occupational therapy assistants to advance and become therapists.

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Respiratory Therapy Assistant Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • French

  • Urdu

  • Persian

  • Hindi

  • Cantonese

  • Mandarin

  • Arabic

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Top Respiratory Therapy Assistant Skills

  1. Physical Therapy
  2. Direct Patient Care
  3. Speech
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Scheduled patients for physical therapy, doctor appointments, specialist referrals, other medical procedures ordered by physicians.
  • Maintain knowledge of all Medical Center services to facilitate optimal level of direct patient care and interdisciplinary team management.
  • Assisted in speech, occupational, and physical therapies.
  • Assist Respiratory Therapists with patient breathing treatments to include CPT, Airway clearance, nebulizers, and oxygen therapy.
  • Escorted residents to and from appointments and recreational events ensuring patient safety.

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