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Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs), under the direction of a physician, evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders. These breathing disorders include, but are not limited to, asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis and coronary heart disease. RCPs also manage and monitor patients on life support, treat premature infants, patients with lung cancer, AIDS and accident victims. For more information, please go the American Association for Respiratory Care’s website at

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