How Does a Respiratory Therapist Take a CEU Course?


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Respiratory therapists can take CEU courses online through Continuing Education's website as of 2015. The courses come in bundles and count for two contact hours; there is also a small fee associated with them. The Philips Online Learning Center also offers CEU courses ranging from one to 1.5 contact hours. There is no charge for these courses.

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Respiratory therapists are responsible for the treatment of patients with lung conditions or those who need to improve their breathing functions due to catastrophic health events. They routinely use ventilators and administer oxygen to patients. They are often employed in nursing homes and hospitals, but some respiratory therapists travel to clients' homes to teach them how to use their equipment at home. Excellent problem solving skills are required, as well as a keen attention to detail, adequate communication skills and compassion.

To become a respiratory therapist, an associate degree and certification by the National Board for Respiratory Care are required, as well as any licensing the state may require. Respiratory therapists can advance their careers by earning certification in related subjects, such as pediatric advanced life support, advanced cardiac life support or basic life support. Yearly CEUs are required in some states for respiratory therapists to maintain their licenses, and they are required to renew their licenses either through CEUs or retesting every five years as mandated by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

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