FLINT, Mich. - "Everybody needs to breath to live and respiratory therapists make breathing a lot easier."
Those are the words of Nicholas Prush, Respiratory Therapy Program Director at U of M - Flint.
The COVID-19 pandemic is making one specific type of job in higher demand than ever before respiratory therapists.
U of M - Flint has a respiratory therapy program and is one of only a few programs in the country to offer schooling in this profession.
MMN’s Courtney Bennett talked with the director of the program and he says he has never seen demand like this.
But with covid-19 impacting the lungs, Nicholas Prush tells Mid-Michigan NOW that many hospitals just need more respiratory therapist, because they're the ones putting people who are struggling to breath on ventilators.
He calls this profession very rewarding, saying they have been in the forefront during the entire pandemic.
"In terms of our program, being all online and accessible to them 24/7 where ever they are working, I think that is very important for students right now,” said Prush.