College of Applied Science and Technology

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
    • diseases
    • diagnoses
    • treatments and rationales for treatment
    • function and mechanics of equipment
    • cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Professional Preparation

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.

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • bring years of real-world experience to the classroom and lab

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Real-world Experience

In the department’s laboratory, you will learn to administer gases and aerosols, and be trained in:

  • gas analysis
  • airway management
  • humidification
  • 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 

Curriculum Guide

For More Information:

School of Allied Health Technology

Contact: Stacia Biddle

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in respiratory therapy provides career opportunities in varied settings, including:

  • hospitals - handling respiratory care, anesthesiology and pulmonary medicine
  • clinics
  • doctor’s offices
  • nursing homes
  • firms selling home-use equipment

Career Center

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

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