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New Incentives for Students of Respiratory Therapy

New Incentives for Students of Respiratory Therapy

By Peter Vogt | Monster Career Coach

Clarke’s education degree combined with her respiratory therapy preparation led to one promotion at Methodist, then another and finally a third. It also helped her land a part-time teaching job in St. Catherine’s respiratory therapy department – a position she holds to this day.

Clarke wasn’t completely debtless when she was done, “but by working as a therapist, I was able to make a lot more money than I would have made in another part-time job,” she says. “Also, the flexible hours made it possible for me to work as much as possible around my full-time day school schedule.”

That’s part of the appeal of this approach to pursuing additional education, whether in respiratory care or a related field, Branson says.

“After the first year of school, respiratory therapy students can often find part-time work with a hospital performing noncritical care duties under the supervision of a registered therapist,” he says. “Because the RT department is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, it’s easy to find part-time work that does not interfere with school. In fact, most students who start in a student position are hired as soon as they graduate. And in many cases, the employer may be willing to assist with school if the student works at least half-time.”

To learn more about careers in respiratory care and how they can help pay for your educational pursuits, check out the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Career and Education Web sites.

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