Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory care practitioners perform therapeutic respiratory treatments and diagnostic procedures. They are required to exercise considerable independent clinical judgment in the care of patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory therapists consult with physicians and other health care professionals to help develop and modify patient care plans. The program culminates in an Associate of Science degree. Graduates are prepared to sit for the registry exam. The program culminates in a Bachelor of Science degree.