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.
Respiratory Care Degree Completion Track
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.