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Respiratory Therapy Programs in Alaska - AK

By Mat Lindenberg, allied health world contributing writer

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When considering attending Alaska respiratory therapy schools to eventually become a Respiratory Technician, you can count on spending about two years in training. This is generally the amount of time it takes to earn an associate’s degree, though some programs do move a bit faster.

As there are no schools in Alaska accredited by the CoARC, so you will have to find either an online program with accreditation, or go to school out of state. Many Universities around the US are CoARC approved, but the solid majority of the two or three hundred accredited programs are found at community colleges and vocational/medical schools scattered all around the country.

In school, you can expect to study everything from chemistry and human anatomy, to medical bookkeeping and law. Respiratory Technicians are expected to perform a large number of diverse tasks, and nowhere is this more true than in the more rugged or rural areas of Alaska, so you should take advantage of every internship or work experience opportunity you can.

Not only do they look good on a resume, they can help prepare you for the future and give you a glimpse into some of the more specialized aspects of respiratory care, which you might be hard pressed to get an opportunity to see when you are working full time.

Continuing Education in Alaska for Respiratory Therapy

Because Alaska has, at the moment, no governing body for Respiratory Therapists, there are no state-mandated requirements to satisfy. However, in order to maintain your status in the NBRC, however, along with any credentials you may have received from them, you will need to pursue 30 ‘contact hours’ of continuing education every five years.

For the most common types of Respiratory Therapists, the CRTs and the RRTs, this means 30 hours of study on the general respiratory care.

Through campus or online programs, aspiring Respiratory Therapists in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Sitka, Alaska may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Providence Alaska Medical Center, Bartlett Regional Hospital, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, and Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

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