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Career Information

studentAs a Respiratory Therapist, you'll work side-by-side with doctors to ensure or restore one of the most essential functions in life: breathing. 

You could work in doctor's offices, nursing homes, sleep centers, pediatric care facility -- or in the back of a helicopter! You might help patents manage their lung function, analyze breath or tissue, diagnose illnesses and recommend treatment, maintain mechanical ventilation for patients who can't breathe on their own, or conduct quit-smoking classes.

Average Starting Salary:

According to the 2016-2017 Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Handbook, the median pay in 2015 was $57,790. Employers often pay for Respiratory Therapists to receive advanced training, further increasing their earning potential.


Following graduation, Respiratory Therapists must become licensed as Respiratory Care Professionals by the Ohio Respiratory Care Board.

Central Ohio employers include:

  • Riverside Methodist Hospitals
  • Grant Medical Center
  • Doctors Hospital
  • Memorial Hospital of Union County
  • Mount Carmel Medical Center
  • Mount Carmel East
  • St. Ann's Hospital
  • Children's Hospital
  • OSU Hospitals

Professional organizations

American Association for Respiratory Care
11030 Ables Lane
Dallas, TX 75229

Commission on the Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244 

NBRC Executive Office
8310 Nieman Road
Lenexa, KS 66214-1579

Ohio Respiratory Care Board
77 S. High St., 18th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215