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The University of Kansas Medical Center

Respiratory Care Education


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What is Respiratory Care?

  • Respiratory Care is the health profession that specializes in the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function and health

  • Respiratory therapists prevent, identify, and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system


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More about Respiratory Care

  • Respiratory therapists care for newborn infants, children, adults, and the elderly

  • Career opportunities are excellent for respiratory therapists, and salaries are competitive with other health professions


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Cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology

Patient assessment and cardiopulmonary diagnostics

Pulmonary disease

Advanced life support and critical care

Pharmacology

Biomedical engineering and technology

Respiratory Therapists have an in depth knowledge of:


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Respiratory therapists effectively

  • Assess

  • Educate

  • Treat patients with Heart and lung problems


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Respiratory Patient care is focused on:

  • prevention

  • assessment

  • diagnostic evaluation

  • treatment

  • management

  • patient education


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What Do Respiratory Therapists Do?

  • Respiratory therapists apply:

    • Critical thinking

    • Patient/environment assessment skills

    • Evidence based clinical practice skills

  • Respiratory therapists:

    • Develop and implement effective care plans

    • Apply patient driven protocols

    • Utilize disease-based clinical pathways

    • Implement disease management programs

    • Perform therapeutic and diagnostic procedures


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What Breathing Disorders Do Respiratory Therapists Treat?

  • Asthma

  • Bronchitis

  • Emphysema

  • COPD

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • Chest Trauma

  • Pneumonia


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Where Do Respiratory Therapists Work?

  • Acute care hospitals

  • Diagnostic laboratories

  • Rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities

  • Patient’s homes

  • Patient transport services

  • Physician offices

  • Retirement centers

  • Educational/Research institutions, including colleges and universities

Rynda Matlock, RRT

KUMC Respiratory Therapist


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Respiratory Therapists Work in the ICU

  • Adult, pediatric, neonatal ICUs

  • Mechanical ventilation

  • Life-support

  • Arterial blood gases

  • Physiologic monitoring

  • Airway care

  • Intubation

  • Oxygen, aerosol therapy

Former KUMC Graduate, Greg Baker, RRT


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Respiratory Therapists Perform Diagnostic Services

  • Arterial blood gas analysis

  • Pulmonary function studies

  • Sleep studies

  • EKGs and cardiac tests

  • Sputum specimens

  • Stress and exercise testing

Former KUMC Graduate

Chad Sanner, RRT


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Respiratory Therapists Perform Therapeutic Procedures

  • Oxygen administration

  • Medication administration

  • Airway clearance

  • Chest physiotherapy

  • Lung expansion therapy

  • mechanical ventilator management

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation and disease management

  • Smoking cessation


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In Summary. . .

Respiratory Therapists work to

evaluate, treat, and care for patients with

lung and heart disorders


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Respiratory Care Education at the University of Kansas Medical Center


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KUMC Respiratory Care

  • The KUMC Respiratory Care program is located on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus located in Kansas City, KS

  • The department of Respiratory Care Education is part of the School of Allied Health

  • The Respiratory Care program is one of many programs that are offered in affiliation with the KUMC Hospital and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS


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Why choose KUMC’s Respiratory Care program?

  • Only about 30 schools in the nation offer baccalaureate programs for respiratory care

  • At KU Medical Center, you will Encounter a broad range of health-care problems in an urban setting

  • You’ll learn about therapies on the cutting edge of research and technology

  • Your clinical experiences will be broad and comprehensive


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Why choose KUMC’s Respiratory Care program?

  • KU offers a B.S. degree with the option to specialize in:

    • pulmonary rehabilitation, perinatology, adult critical care, management, education, sleep disorders, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy

  • The Specialty practicum allows you to:

    • experience the work place to refine those competencies usually not acquired until after graduation.

  • During your clinical rotations, you’ll be exposed to:

    • large and small health care facilities in the metropolitan area, each offering their own unique qualities and clinical experiences.


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the Department of Respiratory Care Education Faculty

  • have 115 years of experience in respiratory care combined

    • Few respiratory care programs have faculty with even 18 years of combined teaching experience

  • are dedicated to developing students who have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide the highest quality of patient care

  • give Each student the opportunity to learn the theories of practice and to develop the competencies necessary to perform at the highest therapeutic level


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Applying to the Respiratory Care program

  • Whether you are applying as a high school or transfer student, check out this website:

    • http://www.admissions.ku.edu/

  • Or contact the Respiratory Care Advisor at the University of Kansas medical center:

    • Paul Mathewspmathews﹫kumc.edu

  • Check out the prerequisites for the Respiratory Care program at:

    • www.respiratorycare.kumc.edu/preregs.html

  • Check out Financial Aid Options:

    • www.respiratorycare.kumc.edu/finanaid.html


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For a KUMC Respiratory Student a typical day may consist of :

  • Critical Care class

  • Ventilator Lab

  • Clinical Rotation in the Pediatric Unit at KUMC

  • A rotation at an affiliate hospital in the Kansas City area

  • Attending a symposium on cutting edge medical technology


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At KUMC Students gain experience in a variety of areas:

  • Medical and surgical areas of the hospital

  • Intensive care units (adult, pediatric, neonatal)

  • Emergency room

  • Patient transport

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation and disease management

  • Cardiopulmonary diagnostics (pulmonary function testing, sleep lab, exercise testing, invasive and non-invasive cardiology)

  • Outpatient clinics and physician’s offices

  • Home care


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How Does the Job Market Look for Respiratory Therapists?

  • The United States government predicts that respiratory care will be one of the 10 fastest growing careers from now on until 2010

  • BLS projects a 42.6% increase in demand for respiratory therapists for the period 1998-2008

  • Family Money Magazine lists Respiratory Care among the top 50 careers for the 21st century (January/February 2000, p. 52)


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The need for RTs is growing due to:

  • large increase in the elderly population

  • environmental impact on

    diseases such as asthma

  • smoking and COPD

  • technological advances in treatment of cardiopulmonary disease

  • advances in treatment of

    premature babies

Tom Lindgren, RRT

KUMC Respiratory Therapist


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How Much Do Respiratory Therapists Make?

  • Salary varies with educational degree and years of experience

  • Supervisors, clinical specialists, and department managers tend to have higher salaries

  • In hospitals, median annual salaries for respiratory therapists in 2000 were $38,040 according to the BLS


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Is Respiratory Care For Me?

  • A career as a respiratory therapist can provide:

    • a great job at a good salary

    • job security

    • the opportunity to help others

    • recognition, respect, and appreciation

    • a sense of accomplishment

  • A rewarding career for life


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A career as a Respiratory Therapist provides:

  • the ability to make a difference in peoples’ lives

  • interesting and meaningful work

  • a high tech and exciting career

  • a people oriented profession

  • the opportunity to become a respected member of the health CARE team

  • A life and breath career for you!


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When Should I Start Thinking About a Career in Respiratory Care?

  • NOW!

  • Visit the KU Medical Center Respiratory Care website: http://www.respiratorycare.kumc.edu

  • Call the KU Medical Center Respiratory Education Department for more information

    (913) 588-4630

  • Request info at:

    KU Respiratory CareAttn: Admissions coordinator 3901 Rainbow Boulevard4006 Delp BuildingKansas City, Kansas 66160-7606

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