Respiratory Care is an allied health specialty. Respiratory care practitioners work with physicians in the treatment, management, control, diagnostic evaluation and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system.
The respiratory therapist with a baccalaureate degree is prepared as an advanced level
practitioner and is eligible to sit for the national board examination for entry-level
certification, to become registered as an advanced practitioner, and to take specialty
examinations in perinatal/pediatrics and pulmonary function.
This Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care program leads to licensure as a Respiratory Therapist, and satisfies the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio. Requirements for licensure eligibility vary from state to state. Please check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice to verify that the desired UT program will meet the eligibility criteria for the credentials you seek. The following national sites contain state board directories.
The program is designed as a nontraditional track for individuals who have completed an associate's degree in respiratory care and have already earned the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential granted by the National Board for Respiratory Care. The program includes upper division professional courses, which are currently contained in our traditional B.S. program, but allows for student selection of an area of specialization for enhanced professional growth. In addition, the professional support courses encompass many issues in health care and health education that are relevant to the practicing professional.