The average pass rate for UToledo students taking the national respiratory care credentialing exams. That’s 30 percent above the national pass rate, and proof-positive that our award-winning respiratory care program is one of the best in the area.
The University of Toledo’s accredited respiratory care program has received the Ohio Board of Regent’s prestigious Program Excellence Award. In 2017, it received the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award from the national Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
Respiratory care is an allied health specialty. Respiratory therapists assist physicians in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with lung and heart conditions.
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UToledo respiratory care students take two years of general courses and health science pre-requisites. They then apply to the professional portion of the program, which includes almost 1,000 hours of clinical experience.
Our focus is on competency-based learning as well as outcomes-based training and education. Our students attend several simulations each year in our cutting-edge simulation center to test their critical-thinking and judgment skills.
Registered respiratory therapists with associate’s degrees can complete their bachelor’s in two years.
The job market continues to be strong for respiratory therapists. UToledo has a 100% job placement rate for recent graduates.
Our graduates work almost exclusively in hospitals. They have been hired by all area hospitals and every children’s hospital in Ohio and at the University of Michigan.
An increasing number of respiratory therapists are now working in:
UToledo graduates also have become educators and program directors at institutions throughout the country.
The exams to become certified or registered respiratory therapists are optional, but most states require at least the certification exam. Many employers also insist on at least one of these credentials.
"The education I received from the Respiratory Care Program at The University of Toledo contributed enormously to my interprofessional approach, orientation to detail, and time management. The program exceeded at providing me with all the important materials needed to succeed clinically and educationally in my career. On a day-to-day basis, patient populations we work with can range from a 22-week-old neonate to a 101-year-old. As a student I experienced a wide variety of settings beyond the acute care hospitals, such as pulmonary function laboratories, management, sleep laboratories, home health care and long term acute-care facilities."
Kierra Jackson, RRT, class of 2020
"The Respiratory Care program at The University of Toledo helped me by providing many new advanced opportunities and laid down a foundation that helped me get a head start in the medical field. This program has provided hands on opportunities at a variety of hospitals, simulation labs, community outreach opportunities and inter-professional education. Being a part of this program has helped me succeed in the goals I set for my career today."
Nikki Strauss, RRT, class of 2020
Respiratory care bachelor’s degree sample classes: