Mayo Clinic faculty and learners at Respiratory Therapy Discovery Lab event

Overview

Join us for an exciting day of discovery — learn about the unmasked heroes who are frequently mistaken for doctors or nurses.

The Respiratory Therapy Discovery Lab provides an opportunity for high school and college students to participate in hands-on simulated events to learn how respiratory therapists work with an interdisciplinary health care team to deliver patient care.

Using the latest innovative technology, students experience first-hand the opportunities, rewards and challenges of a career as a respiratory therapist.

The half-day lab takes place at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

2018 dates

Select one of the upcoming dates:

  • Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 — 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 — 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Breakfast, nutritional snacks and water will be available at both sessions.

Register to attend

To register for one session, contact Michelle Rahman at rahman.michelle@mayo.edu by Dec. 22, 2017.

Mayo Clinic faculty and learners at Respiratory Therapy Discovery Lab event

Schedule

The lab schedule includes:

  • Meal or snacks
  • Hands-on activities, including high-fidelity simulation
  • Networking time with other students and Mayo Clinic staff
  • Tours of areas where respiratory therapists work
  • Advising about college requirements and the admission process
  • Interview and essay writing advice, because an interview and written essay are part of the admission requirements to the Mayo Clinic/University of Minnesota Rochester respiratory therapy program

Learning objectives

  • Learn about the rewarding career of a respiratory therapist
  • Gain hands-on exposure to the respiratory therapy profession
  • Learn the academic path for enrolling in an accredited education program

Who are respiratory therapists?

Mayo Clinic faculty and learners at Respiratory Therapy Discovery Lab event

Respiratory therapists are health care professionals whose responsibilities include patient assessment, disease management, delivery of personalized patient care, diagnostic evaluation, education, and rehabilitation of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system.

Respiratory therapists use the latest technology to care for a diverse population of patients ranging from premature infants to elderly people with a variety of health care issues, such as asthma, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, injuries sustained from trauma, shock states, and patients requiring prolonged cardiopulmonary support.

The average annual income of respiratory therapists in the state of Minnesota is $65,070. Over the last three years, approximately 97 percent of graduates from the Mayo Clinic/University of Minnesota Rochester respiratory care education program seeking employment found jobs as respiratory therapists. Of those employed, 74 percent accepted employment within Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic faculty and learners at Respiratory Therapy Discovery Lab event