A faculty member in the Respiratory Therapy degree program at The University of Akron interprets a medical test with students

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy

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Program Overview

What is a Respiratory Therapist?

A Respiratory Therapist is a health care professional who assesses, diagnoses, and treats patients with heart and lung diseases. Caring for all age groups, Respiratory Therapists work in hospitals, nursing homes, offices, sleep labs, and even patient's own homes. To help patient breath Respiratory equipment may be as simple as oxygen cannula's up to mechanical ventilators.

Program Accreditation

The University of Akron's Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Visit the CoARC website to obtain more information about Respiratory Therapy, the accrediting agency, its policies, standards, and program outcomes.

COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR RESPIRATORY CARE
Website: www.coarc.com
Phone: 817-283-2835

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

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View the most recent outcomes summary.

Graduate's Board Certification

After successfully completing the UA Respiratory Therapy program, graduates will be eligible to take the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) licensure examination (which is administered by the State Medical Board of Ohio). Successful obtainment of this national license is a legal requirement to perform Respiratory Therapy functions.

STATE MEDICAL BOARD OF OHIO
30 East Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Website: www.med.ohio.gov
Phone: 614-466-3934
Fax: 614-728-5946

Program Effectiveness

YEAR NBRC PASS RATE JOB PLACEMENT COMPLETION RATE
2015 95% (18-out-of-19)
2016 95% (19-out-of-20)
2017 90% (18-out-of-20)
2018
2019 100%
Average 93.3%

Program contact

Stacia Biddle

Stacia Biddle
Associate Professor
330-972-7906
stacia@uakron.edu