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Graduate Opportunities - Respiratory Therapy BS Degree Career Ladder Program

Career opportunities within Respiratory Therapy include:

  • Asthma Educator - Certified (AE-C) or COPD Educator
  • Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT)
  • Ground and air transport therapist
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapist/wound care specialist
  • Research scientist and clinical trials manager
  • Licensure and practice as Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
  • Neonatal-pediatric specialist (NPS)
  • Polysomnographer/Sleep Disorders Specialist (CPSGT, RPSGT or RRT-SDS)

Advanced Studies/Continuing Education

Advanced studies or continuing education opportunities for graduates include:

  • Graduate school for the Master’s or Doctorate degree
  • Cardiopulmonary Perfusionist, or Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist (physician extender)
  • Physicians assistant-certified, or Anesthesia assistant-certified (physician extenders)
  • Physician, i.e., Medical or osteopathic school

Program Outcomes

Graduates from the Respiratory Therapist Career Ladder program will be able to:

  • Write, integrate, and assess patient-centered programs and quality outcomes in departments
  • Educate patients and their families in the use of ventilators and other life-support systems
  • Ensure that patients have knowledge of their diseases
  • Conduct patient education to evaluate proper use of medications and equipment
  • Expand patient education into the areas of pulmonary rehabilitation, smoking-cessation, disease prevention, case management, and polysomnography, the diagnosis of breathing disorders during sleep
  • Design novel programs for surface and air transport teams or rapid-response teams in hospitals

Graduate Outcomes

Graduates of this program are recognized as:

  • Critically literate patient care providers
  • Providers focused on therapeutic objectives and patient outcomes
  • Competent decision-makers
  • Compassionate, professional patient educators
  • Inspired leaders


Format Online
Credits Required 129
Tuition per credit hour
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