Program Length: 36 months
Bachelor's in Respiratory Therapy
There is an ever growing need for qualified respiratory therapists in today's economy. A qualified respiratory therapist is one who can effectively evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. These professionals are also expected to work well with the middle-aged and elderly as incidents of cardiopulmonary disease increase.
The Bachelor's Degree in Respiratory Therapy can teach students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today's market. Courses may focus on care management and current issues facing respiratory therapy. Students can leave confident and able to work in the field.
Respiratory Therapy Job Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of respiratory therapy is expected to experience faster than average employment growth, with the number of positions available growing by 28 percent between 2010 and 2020.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Respiratory Therapists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos321.htm)
The vast majority of job openings may continue to be in hospitals, but a growing number of openings are expected to become available in home healthcare services, offices of physicians or other health practitioners, consumer-goods rental firms, or in the employment services industry as a temporary worker in various settings.
Respiratory Therapist Salaries
Average Starting Salaries
A salary survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers reported that in 2009, bachelor's degree candidates in respiratory therapy received starting offers averaging $42,200 a year.
(Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers, NACE Salary Survey, Fall 2010)
Average Salaries for CRTs
The Human Resources Study from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) reported that in 2009, the average salary for Respiratory Therapists with a CRT credential was $62,223.
(Source: American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), Human Resource Study, 2009)
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Total Courses: 48Total Credits: 195.5
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