Respiratory CareRespiratory Care
Associate of Applied Science

You can live without water for a few days and without food for a few weeks, but without oxygen, you will suffer brain damage within a few minutes and die after about nine minutes. As a respiratory therapist, also known as respiratory care practitioner, you evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders. You treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people whose lungs are diseased. You provide temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma or emphysema and emergency care for patients who have suffered heart failure or a stroke or who are victims of drowning or shock. This field is also expanding into cardiopulmonary procedures such as electrocardiograms and stress testing, along with performing other tasks such as drawing blood samples from patients. Ferris' off-campus program combines online lectures with weekend labs at partner institutions. Internships in hospitals throughout the state are also used to prepare you to deliver the range of patient health services you will provide.

This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in conjunction with the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

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Grand Rapids Jennifer Riggs
(616) 451-4777
vonh1@ferris.edu
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