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 may attempt 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:
- Organization of Respiratory Therapy (O2RT)
- American Association for Respiratory Care
- Ohio Society for Respiratory Care
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