Respiratory Care, BS
Advance your career with a Bachelor's in Respiratory Care.
Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat all types of patients, from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to the elderly whose lungs are diseased.
The profession continues to grow and embrace a more holistic role that not only includes acute care at the patient's bedside, but also preventative care and patient education.
The bachelor's degree in Respiratory Care is the future of the profession as determined by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).
The bachelor degree program offers unique program qualities:
- Multiple points of entry:
- On Campus Dual degree option (4 year degree)
- Degree completion for associate degree graduates - for RRTs looking to go on for a bachelor degree
- Curriculum supports the changing role of the respiratory therapist and includes content in health promotion, health education, leadership, case management and healthcare policy.
- Focuses on the holistic nature of the respiratory care profession.
- Our program will be the only online degree completion option in the region.
Spanish Minor Option
- Students have the option to enroll in the Spanish for Healthcare Professionals minor
Respiratory Therapist Salary & Job Outlook
According to O*Net Online, the median salary in 2014 for a Respiratory Therapist in the U.S. was $56,730 per year ($27.27 per hour), while the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a faster than average job growth of 19 percent between 2012 and 2022.
Graduates are prepared to serve the community in various roles within the healthcare community such as a(n):
- Respiratory Care Department Manager/ Director
- Health Education Specialist- for management of respiratory related conditions, case management, and depending on current legislation, as a physician extender for home healthcare
- Educator in Respiratory Care Program (course, lab or clinical instructor; clinical coordinator; program director)
- Health Promotion Manager or community agency employee (i.e. American Lung Association)
Which degree is right for me?
Nebraska Methodist College offers two degrees in respiratory based on your current level of education and certification. Review a few of the options below.
I am already a Respiratory Therapist...
The respiratory therapy degree completion program allows practicing Respiratory Therapists to earn a bachelor's of science through a combination of online course work. Depending on transfer credit, the program can be completed in 18-24 months.
I want to be a Respiratory Therapist...
The BS in Respiratory Care in on campus and can be taken as a dual degree option, which allows you to simultaneously work toward both an associate's and bachelor's degree. Upon completion of the associate degree curriculum, you will be able to sit for the Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exam, which leads to the advanced practitioner exam to earn the RRT credential.