Fletcher Technical Community College

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Cardiopulmonary Care Science
Program Overview

Cardiopulmonary Care Science prepares individuals to treat patients ranging from premature infants to the elderly with acute and chronic cardiopulmonary illnesses.  Graduates of the program work with patients on mechanical ventilation to maintain life support such as oxygenation, ventilation and airway management.  They treat patients with pulmonary disease who have under-developed lungs and patients with chronic lung disease.  They play a vital role in many areas of health care.


Salary & Career Outlook

 Respiratory therapists are employed in hospitals, nursing care facilities, clinics, doctor's offices, home care providers and municipal organizations.  Seventy-nine percent of all respiratory therapists work in respiratory care, anesthesiology or pulmonary medicine departments within hospitals.  Respiratory therapists may also work in patient transport services or rehabilitation, while others work for consumer goods rental firms that supply respiratory equipment for home use

According to the US Department of Labor in 2008, the median annual income was $47,010.