UMDNJ - SHRP Respiratory Programs
A respiratory therapist (RT) is
an allied health specialist who performs therapeutic and diagnostic
procedures in the care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities
associated with the cardiopulmonary system. Whenever breathing is an issue, RTs are there. Duties include, but are not
- Diagnosing lung and breathing disorders and recommending treatment methods.
- Interviewing patients and doing chest physical exams to determine what kind of therapy is best for their condition.
- Consulting with physicians to recommend a change in therapy, based on your evaluation of the patient.
- Analyzing breath, tissue, and blood specimens to determine levels of oxygen and other gases.
- Managing ventilators and artificial airway devices for patients who can’t breathe normally on their own.
- Responding to Code Blue or other urgent calls for care.
- Educating patients and families about lung disease so they can maximize their recovery.
Click on About the Profession to learn more about this exiciting career.
About the Rutgers-UMDNJ Integration
The SHRP Respiratory Therapy Programs transitioned to Rutgers University last July 1, 2013. To learn more about the Rutgers-UMDNJ Integration click on the following link:
Both respiratory care programs are part of the Primary Care Department in the School of Health Related Professions.