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Looking into becoming an RT

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#1 FireEMT2009

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:20 PM

Well, I have been looking into furthering my education, and I understand that some of the stuff we do as Paramedics, mimics what an RT does. And not to mention, the airway/respiratory/circulation system has always amazed me and I would like to continue my knowledge.


My question to ya'll is, would my experience as a Paramedic assist me in RT school? and what ya'lls opinion on transferring from NREMT-P to RRT?


Thanks for any opinions,



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:28 PM

I would think that your experience would be useful but this is just my opinion. Maybe chbare will chime in.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:48 AM

I would suggest go shadowing a RT. Depending on the hospital it can be very mundane and boring. Basically going around giving nebs, treatments, setting up cpap/bipap, etc. while other RTs are in the ICU with vents, drawing ABGs, and responding to codes.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:22 AM

Your experience will probably benefit you as a RT student.  Let me know if you have specific questions. Personally, I rather like respiratory therapy.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:28 PM

I know two Paramedics from my service who have gone through the RT program.  Both of them love their new jobs!

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