Respiratory Therapy (Bachelor’s Degree)
Respiratory Therapy Fundamentals
Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat all types of patients, from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to the elderly whose lungs are diseased.
- Comprehensive curriculum includes courses designed specifically for respiratory therapists, such as:
- cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology
- treatments and rationales for treatment
- function and mechanics of equipment
- cardiopulmonary resuscitation
In the field of respiratory therapy, there are two levels of credentials:
- The Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exam must be passed to be a certified respiratory therapist.
- Upon graduation from the respiratory therapy program and successful completion of the CRT exam, you can sit for the Registry Exam to become a registered respiratory therapist. The state of Ohio requires a license to practice respiratory care.
- are innovative and interactive
- bring years of real-world experience to the classroom and lab
In the department’s laboratory, you will learn to administer gases and aerosols, and be trained in:
- gas analysis
- airway management
- postural drainage
- pulmonary functions
- mechanical ventilation
- usage of respiratory care equipment
You also will spend time in a hospital setting, working with patients.
Respiratory Therapy Student Organizations
Interact with other respiratory therapy students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:
- American Association for Respiratory Care
- Ohio Society for Respiratory Care
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Degrees and Preparation
A degree in respiratory therapy provides career opportunities in varied settings, including:
- hospitals - handling respiratory care, anesthesiology and pulmonary medicine
- doctor’s offices
- nursing homes
- firms selling home-use equipment
The job placement rate for graduates of the respiratory care program at The University of Akron has been 100 percent since the program’s inception. Respiratory therapists with experience in working with infants and with ardiopulmonary skills should enjoy the best prospects.
The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:
- Career Resource Library
- co-op/internships through Career Advantage Network
- computer stations for resume writing and employment research
- UA Career Fairs