Programs of Study Home | Programs of Study | Respiratory Care | You're a Good Fit Because You're a Good Fit: Respiratory Care Here’s what it takes to become a successful Respiratory Therapist: Natural Abilities and Characteristics Common to Success Good communication skills (ability to read, write and speak effectively; understand and follow written instructions, able to teach others; the profession requires a great deal of recordkeeping and verbal interaction with people). Is a detail-oriented, inquisitive person. Must be able to make quick, good decisions based on the use of good logic and analytical skills. Good math skills. Ability to work under stress. Should be a person of character, honesty and integrity. Has the ability to work cooperatively as part of a team. Abstract thinking, which is necessary to understand concepts. Believes that people are worthy of the best medical care, respect and dignity. Facts to Help You Decide on Respiratory Therapy as a Career Choice: Respiratory therapy is a demanding career that requires dedicated, caring professionals. Respiratory therapists make decisions that affect the quality of their patients’ lives. Respiratory therapists work closely with other members of the health care team like nurses and doctors. Respiratory therapy is a wonderful, diverse career choice, and the need for therapists is great. Respiratory therapists are required to determine and deliver medications, assess patients, determine effectiveness of treatments, perform life-saving and life-supporting procedures, perform and analyze diagnostic testing, and utilize technology and equipment to treat and care for patients of all ages. This requires compassion, math, technical, and critical thinking skills. Respiratory therapists use the following concepts on a daily basis: Communication, pathophysiology, knowledge to perform skills, ability to use and troubleshoot medical equipment, critical thinking, and clinical decision making. What Does A Respiratory Therapist Do? Makes decisions quickly. Anticipates a patient’s needs. Delivers respiratory medication and treatments. Manages and prioritizes a patient treatment workload. Consults with physicians to recommend changes in therapist based on evaluation of a patient. Provides care for patients of all ages. Identifies changes in the patient’s condition and documents and communicates this to other health care providers. Uses computer skills. Educates patients and families about their lung disease and treatment plan to maximize their recovery and/or quality of life. Performs specific procedures that require manual dexterity. Provides patient care with respect for the individual and family.