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Respiratory Therapy


Bachelor of Science

Program Length: 36 months

Degree Overview

respiratory therapy degrees

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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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

APP 101 Computer Fundamentals 3.5
BIO 130 Cardiopulmonary and Renal Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
BIO 135 Pulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
BIO 143 Microbiology and Decontamination 3.0
CSS 101 Psychology of Motivation 4.0
CSS 299 Professional Development 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition 4.0
ENG 223 Communication Arts 4.0
ENG 310 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 4.0
HCA 300 The Healthcare System 4.0
HCA 375 Healthcare Financial Administration 4.0
HCA 432 Healthcare Economics and Policy 4.0
HCA 440 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare Administration 4.0
HCA 450 Organizational Behavior 4.0
HCA 460 Health Facility Operations 4.0
HCA 462 Long-Term Care Administration 4.0
HIS 220 American Civilization 4.0
HIS 300 U.S. History Since the Civil War 4.0
MAN 350 Management Planning Principles 4.0
MAN 443 Organizational Design and Change 4.0
MAT 220 College Algebra 4.0
MED 100 Medical Terminology, Law, and Ethics 4.0
MED 106 Vital Signs and Emergencies 3.0
MED 201 Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
MED 350 Clinical Information Systems 4.0
MED 385 Issues in Public Health 4.0
PHI 310 Critical Thinking 4.0
PSY 220 Psychology 4.0
PSY 400 Biological Psychology 4.0
RES 116 Airway Management II 3.0
RES 120 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology 3.0
RES 125 Medical Gas Therapy/Humidity and Aerosol Therapy/Bronchial Hygiene Therapy 3.0
RES 128 Arterial Blood Gases/Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3.0
RES 136 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology 3.0
RES 145 Pulmonary Function Testing 3.0
RES 196 Clinical Experience I 11.0
RES 205 Lung Hyperinflation Therapy/Bronchial Hygiene Therapy 3.0
RES 216 Mechanical Ventilation Theory 4.0
RES 236 Mechanical Ventilation Management and Advanced Monitoring 4.0
RES 246 Introduction to RT as a Profession/Pulmonary Rehabilitation 2.0
RES 256 Perinatal and Pediatric Care 4.0
RES 276 ACLS/Introductory Polysomnography 3.0
RES 291 Clinical Experience II 11.0
RES 296 Clinical Experience III 2.0
RES 498 Respiratory Care Capstone 8.0
SCI 101 Math, Chemistry, and Physical Sciences for Respiratory Therapy 4.0
SOC 220 Sociology 4.0
SOC 400 Sociology of Aging 4.0

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Total Courses: 48Total Credits: 195.5

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California Locations: San Diego

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