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Respiratory Therapists :

Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.


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About the Job


Indiana Average Salary $54,270.00
Average Time to Fill 35 days
Typical Education Associate's degree
Typical Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
10 Year Projected Openings (2014-2024) 1,227
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2014-2024) 14.76 %

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Skills Profile


Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Customer Service
Work Ethic
Oral Communication
Information Gathering
Professionalism
Integrity
Critical Thinking
Problem-solving
Decision-making
Written Communication
Leadership
Intellectual Risk-taking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Conduct noninvasive medical diagnostic assessments
Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Administer medical injections
Practice preventive procedures with medical therapy patients or clients
Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Operate therapeutic medical instruments or equipment
Test patient heart or lung functioning
Treat chronic diseases or disorders
Employ respiratory equipment
Treat medical condition of patient
Assist individuals with mental or social disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Perform emergency medical procedures
Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments
Develop patient therapy programs
Assist individuals with physical disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Assist patients in performing breathing exercises


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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Treatment Planning
Patient/Family Education and Instruction
Basic Cardiac Life Support Certification
Electrocardiogram (EKG / ECG)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification
Rehabilitation
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)


Related Licensing Requirements


Student Temp RCP (18-0000000109)

IC 25-34.5-2-14 Student permits Sec. 14. (a) The committee shall issue a student permit to an individual if the individual does the following: (1) Submits the appropriate application to the committee. (2) Pays the fee established by the board. (3) Submits written proof to the committee that the individual is a student in good standing in a respiratory care school or program that has been: (A) approved by the committee for purposes of section 8(b)(1) of this chapter; (B) approved by the committee for purposes of section 10.1(a)(3)(B) of this chapter; or (C) otherwise approved by the committee. (4) Submits satisfactory evidence that the individual: (A) does not have a conviction described in section 8(a)(1) of this chapter; and (B) has not been the subject of a disciplinary action described in section 8(a)(2) of this chapter. (b) The committee shall issue a student permit as soon as it is reasonably practicable after an individual fulfills the requirements of subsection (a). (c) An individual who holds a student permit may only perform respiratory care procedures that have been part of a course: (1) the individual has successfully completed in the respiratory care program designated under subsection (a)(3); and (2) for which the successful completion has been documented and that is available upon request to the committee. (d) The committee may expand the list of respiratory care procedures that an individual may perform under the individual's student permit to include additional respiratory care procedures that have been part of a course: (1) that the individual has successfully completed in the respiratory care program designated under subsection (a)(3); and (2) for which the individual's successful completion has been documented.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Respiratory Care Committee (3172342054)
- http://www.in.gov/pla/rcp.htm

Temporary RCP Permit (18-0000000110)

IC 25-34.5-2-10.1 Temporary permits Sec. 10.1. (a) The committee may issue a temporary permit to a person to practice respiratory care or to profess to be a respiratory care practitioner if the person pays a fee and: (1) has: (A) a valid license or certificate to practice from another state; and (B) applied for a license from the committee; (2) is practicing in a state that does not license or certify respiratory care practitioners but is credentialed by a national respiratory care practitioner association approved by the committee, and the person has applied for a license from the committee; or (3) has: (A) been approved by the committee to take the next examination; and (B) graduated from a school or program approved by the committee. (b) A temporary permit expires the earlier of: (1) the date the person holding the permit is issued a license under this article; or (2) the date the committee disapproves the person's license application. (c) The committee may renew a temporary permit if the person holding the permit was scheduled to take the next examination and: (1) did not take the examination; and (2) shows good cause for not taking the examination. (d) A permit renewed under subsection (c) expires on the date the person holding the permit receives the results from the next examination given after the permit was issued. As added by P.L.48-1991, SEC.68. Amended by P.L.60-2000, SEC.17.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Respiratory Care Committee (3172342054)
- http://www.in.gov/pla/rcp.htm

Respiratory Care Practitioner (18-0000000055)

In order to obtain certification, the candidate must: Have passed a respiratory care practitioner licensing or certification examination approved by the board. Submit proof of the candidate's graduation from a board-approved school or program of respiratory care, or completion of a United States military training program in respiratory care, or completion of sufficient postsecondary education to be eligible for certification by a board-approved national respiratory care practitioner organization. Not have been convicted of a crime nor have been subject to disciplinary sanctions that would interfere with the ability to carry out professional duties. Pay all application and examination fees. More detailed information, including application packets and test dates, may be obtained directly from the Respiratory Care Committee of the Indiana Health Professions Bureau.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Respiratory Care Committee (3172342054)
- http://www.in.gov/pla/rcp.htm


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