yes I do attend HFCC, the program is suppose to be one of the best in the nation. im hoping to get into the program this fall, im keeping my fingers crossed. if you go under HFCC website it should give you all the info you need on RTs. this is what I found that summarizes the occupation.
Respiratory therapists are health care professionals, dedicated to providing life-supporting, life-enhancing
care to newborns, children, adults and the elderly. Respiratory therapists work under qualified medical
direction to assess, treat, manage, provide diagnostic evaluation, educate and care for patients with
deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system. Therapists work throughout
hospitals, most often in intensive care units and emergency settings. Therapists are a special blend of
patient-centered caregivers and technically sharp, analytical thinkers. Some therapists concentrate on
pulmonary rehabilitation and continuing care in patient homes or extended care facilities while others
specialize in pediatric/neonatal care. The respiratory therapist may also work in areas such as
cardiopulmonary diagnostics, medical equipment sales, management and education.