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A respiratory therapist is a healthcare professional that specializes in the treatment, management, control, diagnostic evaluation and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities in the cardiopulmonary system. As a health care professional, the respiratory therapist is under the medical direction of a physician.
Performs and provides tentative interpretation of test obtained from physiological specimens which will assists in the diagnosis and determination of the degree of impairment of relevant aspects of cardiopulmonary efficiency
Implements treatment programs on the basis of test findings within the scope of respiratory analysis
Performs pulmonary function test (PFT) maneuvers cardiopulmonary resuscitation and provide artificial airway
Administers mechanical ventilator support and pharmacologic agents related to respiratory care procedures
Participates in research programs and studies for the advancement of the field
Teaches, lectures and reviews subjects given in the licensure examinations
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
Must have critical thinking
Must have patient/environment assessment skills
Must have cognitive psychomotor skills
Must be focused even under pressure
BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT
The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program is a four-degree course that aims to produce graduates who are equipped with competence as well as critical and analytical skills involved in the performance of clinical pulmonary care procedures associated with respiratory therapy. Graduates of this program start their careers as respiratory therapist after passing the licensure examination given by the Professional Regulation Commission.