A Respiratory therapist works with patients suffering from pulmonary issues. Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) health issues. They work under the medical direction of doctors to treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs aren’t fully developed, to elderly people with lung disease, to providing temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma. They also teach patients and their families about treatment and maintenance of pulmonary health problems, including the use of respiratory therapy equipment and medications. This program is ideal for students who have a keen interest in entering the medical field and would like a shorter schooling pathway. Respiratory therapists are kind and gentle, and need to be comfortable with patients at various stages of life, including vegetative and end of life care, to help ease whatever quality of life can be expected.