AARC Calls for a Shift to RT Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Respiratory care is quickly evolving from a profession based on the provision of individual components of care to one encompassing the higher order thinking skills needed to manage chronic respiratory disease patients across the continuum of care. To ensure the workforce is adequately prepared to meet the challenges it will face in terms of protocol-driven care and disease management, the AARC has issued a new RT Education Position Statement that calls for a shift to RT bachelor’s degree programs.

Specifically, the Association is calling for all new respiratory care educational programs to award, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in respiratory care.

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Local Respiratory Therapist Saves Life at Wayne Costco

January 22, 2016 - Last Update: Friday, January 22, 2016, 9:00 pm

WAYNE - As a respiratory therapist, saving lives is second nature to Marisol Flynn, but the feeling she gets when a victim regains consciousness is still precious to her.

A recent shopping run to Costco at Wayne Towne Center proved to be anything but routine for Flynn, 44, of Paterson, who works at CareOne in Wayne. While shopping on Tuesday around 4 p.m. she began to hear a lot of commotion and people anxiously yelling, "Is there a doctor here or a nurse?" Flynn saw a large crowd gathered around a middle-aged man who had collapsed onto the floor near the food court. Realizing the situation, she jumped into action, at a time when every second counts.

"When I knelt down by the man, he had no pulse and was definitely not breathing," Flynn said.

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