Pediatric Respiratory Therapist Career Guide

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Pediatric Respiratory Therapists are healthcare professionals specialized in treating children with breathing and lung disorders. They play a crucial role in helping infants and children with conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and pneumonia breathe more easily and effectively.

Essential Job Functions:

Pediatric Respiratory Therapists assess, diagnose and treat respiratory conditions in children. They administer breathing treatments, manage mechanical ventilation,


To become a Pediatric Respiratory Therapist, individuals typically need to complete an Associate's degree in Respiratory Therapy. Some may opt for a Bachelor's degree for enhanced career prospects. Accredited respiratory therapy programs include both classroom education and clinical rotations.

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Related certifications

After completing the educational requirements, aspiring Pediatric Respiratory Therapists must obtain state licensure or certification. They may need to pass the Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialist certification (RRT-NPS) from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and meet any additional state-specific requirements.


Staff and Travel Pediatric Respiratory Therapists need strong communication skills to interact effectively with young patients and their families. They also require excellent critical thinking abilities to assess and manage complex respiratory cases in children.

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The primary responsibilities of Pediatric Respiratory Therapists include assessing and treating children with breathing difficulties, administering medications, monitoring patients on ventilators and educating families about home care and disease management.

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Pediatric Respiratory Therapist

The average salary for a Pediatric Respiratory Therapist is $2,486.77 per week.

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Pros & Cons

Becoming a Pediatric Respiratory Therapist offers the rewarding opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of young patients by improving their respiratory health. It's a specialized field that allows professionals to focus exclusively on pediatric care.

However, the role can be emotionally demanding, especially when dealing with critically ill children. The job may involve irregular hours and high-pressure situations.

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