Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care
Registered Respiratory Therapist
Bessie Brooks is a registered respiratory therapist who works in a hospital, helping people with various breathing problems from asthma to sleep apnea. She earned a diploma in respiratory therapy from Southwest Georgia Technical College in 1989. She then earned a bachelor of science degree in respiratory care online from Independence University in 2010. She has been working in the respiratory field for more than 18 years and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and trying new things.
Why did you choose to major in respiratory care?
I wanted to learn more about how the body works and what causes people to not be able to breathe.
What did you like about this major?
I like the major because it doesn’t take long to complete, and you get real-life experiences in the clinical field.
What affect has your respiratory care degree had on your career?
It has allowed me the opportunity to complete my education, which will help me to advance into administration or management.
What are some of the skills you acquired through your major that you are able to use in your career?
The main skills I acquired that are the most useful to me today are communication, leadership, team work, critical thinking, and time management.
What advice do you have for anyone interested in a respiratory therapy program?
It works if you work full time and have a family. If you want to advance your career, it’s a good choice.