Respiratory Care Major

Respiratory Care is an allied health specialty focusing on cardiopulmonary life support. It's a health care service delivered by trained practitioners who, under physician supervision, actively participate in the care of patients. The practice of respiratory care encompasses, but is not limited to, diagnosis, treatment, management and preventative care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems. Our Respiratory Care majors may choose a clinical specialty in their last year. Students in one of the most comprehensive respiratory therapy programs in PA also complete a research project in the senior year.


Careers in Respiratory Care

Although the majority of practitioners in Respiratory Care work in hospitals in general staff positions, there are many areas for employment and specialization.

Positions include:

  • Administration
  • Business Management
  • Education
  • Extended Care Facilities
  • Extracorporeal Circulation
  • Flight Therapy and Research
  • Home Care Companies
  • Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Medical Equipment Suppliers
  • Neonatology
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Rehabilitation Centers

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Upon completion of the Respiratory Care major, graduates will demonstrate:

  • the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate information relevant to their role as a respiratory care practitioner (RCP)
  • technical proficiency in all skills necessary for a respiratory care practitioner
  • personal behavior consistent with professional employer expectations for the RCP

Special Opportunities

Respiratory Care majors may choose a clinical specialty in their last year. They are also required to perform a research project in the senior year.

Courses of Study

The following option is available in the area of Respiratory Care:

Bachelor of Science - 122 credits

Following completion of the four year program, the graduate becomes registry eligible.