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Respiratory Therapists (RTs) are licensed health care professionals specially educated in respiratory health care. RTs assist physicians by providing diagnostic, treatment and management services to persons with respiratory diseases. RTs provide these services in hospitals, outpatient centers, physicians’ offices, skilled nursing facilities and patients' homes.

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is a not-for-profit, professional organization, consisting of 40,000 respiratory therapists, physicians, and other health care professionals. AARC is dedicated to assisting persons with respiratory diseases receive safe and effective respiratory care. The AARC also publishes RESPIRATORY CARE, a peer-reviewed scientific journal listed in Index Medicus.

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