The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares individuals to function as Registered Respiratory Therapists an/or Certified Respiratory Therapists. In these roles, individuals perform diagnostic testing, treatments, and management of patients with heart and lung diseases.
Students will master skills in patient assessment and treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. These skills include life support, monitoring, drug administration, and treatment of patients of all ages in a variety of settings.
Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to take entry level examination from the National Board of Respiratory Care. Therapy graduates may also take the Advanced Practitioner examinations. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, education, industry, and home care. For information about Respiratory Therapy, visit www.aarc.org.
The goal of the Respiratory Therapy Program is to prepare competent advanced-level Respiratory Therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. In addition, the program is committed to addressing retention, graduation and employment rates to ensure program success. Lastly, the program will work to prepare the graduate to value a commitment to lifelong learning.