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Pima Medical Institute Celebrates National Respiratory Care Week

Posted: October 20, 2014 by Elizabeth Baker

This week is National Respiratory Care Week. At Pima Medical Institute, we teach students how to become respiratory therapists at eight campuses across the West, as well as online.

Respiratory therapists help those who struggle with breathing problems. They work with patients to offer long-term care for chronic conditions, as well as help with emergency situations. The career focuses on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation.

At Pima Medical Institute, we teach students in advanced respiratory care techniques, including neonatal and adult special care procedures, general and advanced pharmacology, cardiopulmonary disease, patient assessment and therapeutics.

Once in the field, respiratory therapists make a huge impact on patients’ lives. Struggling a breathing problem can greatly impact a person’s quality of life, which is why having well-trained, caring respiratory therapists is so important.

Pima Medical Institute offers an associate degree in respiratory therapy at the Albuquerque, N.M., Chula Vista, Calif., Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Renton, Wash., Mesa, Ariz., and Tucson, Ariz., campuses. It also offers a bachelor’s degree online.

This week we recognize our students who are studying to be respiratory therapists, including Tucson student Jacque Eyrich. She learned about the profession while taking care of her son, who struggles with asthma. She will graduate this coming summer.
Tucson respiratory therapist assistant student Jacque Eyrich

“I stumbled upon the respiratory therapy field accidently. My son has asthma, and when he was a baby we spent a lot of time in the emergency department with respiratory therapists. These medical professionals caught my attention. I saw how clinicians utilized the RT’s as an important resource and an integral part of the medical team. I was inspired by their extensive knowledge, and how they helped my son.

I began to research what a respiratory therapist does, and how I could become an RT. I was unfamiliar with the field, but very familiar with respiratory ailments that impacted my loved ones. I watched my father struggle with severe asthma his whole life and eventually COPD. The more I researched, the more I loved respiratory therapy! I decided to shadow an RT at a hospital before I signed up for school. I became inspired, and I knew that this was the career choice for me. I really respect how RTs help provide immediate care, ongoing rehabilitation and patient education.

My educational experience at PMI has been priceless. The instructors really care about the students, and are always there to support us in our educational needs. The hands-on training and real-life experience PMI provides is a great platform for the future. When I graduate, I hope to work in a hospital facility. I would love to work in pediatrics or in the emergency department.” 

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