Respiratory Care Bachelor's Degree Overview
While you can live a few days without water and a few weeks without food, a lack of air will result in brain damage within a few minutes and death after about 10 minutes. It's easy to see that with a career in respiratory care, you can make a real difference. Respiratory therapists specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with conditions affecting the cardiopulmonary system. They work with physicians to help patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with their lungs and heart.
UT's respiratory care program is a recipient of the Ohio Board of Regent's prestigious Program Excellence Award and is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Our faculty consists of registered respiratory therapists with extensive training and clinical experience and our laboratory facilities rank among the most comprehensive in the nation.
College of Health and Human Services Highlights
- Outstanding labs and facilities - Learn in new, state-of-the-art classroom and lab spaces with equipment that lets you get hands-on to simulate the work you’ll do once you graduate.
- Benefit from on-campus opportunities - Take advantage of the close proximity to UT Medical Center hospital and outpatient services for volunteer experience and clinical rotations. Work in some of the Main Campus clinics to practice your skills and learn while providing direct service to the public. You can even work with the student-athletes in UT's athletics and recreation programs.
- Outstanding faculty - Learn from faculty who are as well-versed in the practice of health sciences as in the theory. They are distinguished researchers and providers who want to teach and mentor you.
- Master's and Ph.D. programs - These upper-level programs attract high-caliber faculty and resources that also benefit our undergraduate students.
The respiratory therapist with a baccalaureate degree is an advanced level practitioner and is eligible to sit for the national board exam for entry-level certification, to become registered as an advanced practitioner, and to take specialty examinations in perinatal/pediatrics and pulmonary function technology. The demand for qualified respiratory care practitioners will likely increase because of the increasing incidences of cardiopulmonary diseases in the aging population. Graduates find employment opportunities with hospitals, durable medical equipment companies, skilled nursing facilities, physicians’ office, and sleep labs.
Note: Must be able to move, lift or carry equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. up to 15 percent of the time and up to 100 lbs. 2 percent of the time; and move or lift patients or equipment weighing up to 300 lbs. with assistance 2 percent of the time. Must be able to tolerate standing/walking for frequent and prolonged periods of time.
Respiratory Care Bachelor's Degree Curriculum