The simple act of breathing is not something most people think about - until they can't breathe normally. As a Respiratory Therapist, you will use a combination of scientific standards and practices to discover, manage and prevent dysfunctions of the cardiopulmonary system.
Respiratory Therapists work with medical direction at sites such as wellness centers, medical offices, asthma clinics, sleep disorder centers and in hospitals. The patients you care for will rely on you to help diagnose lung and breathing disorders, determine therapies and implement and manage ongoing care and treatment programs.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary in May 2018 for a Respiratory Therapist in the U.S. was $61,330 per year ($29.48 per hour), with a much faster than average projected job growth of 19 percent between 2019 and 2029.
Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Associate of Science in Respiratory Care, CoARC Program ID 200368, holds Continuing Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) for Entry into Respiratory Care Professional Practice, www.coarc.com.
Graduates must pass the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exam, which leads to the advanced practitioner exam to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.
NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.
NMC encourages students to apply for all types of assistance for which they are qualified. Potential resources for this program include:
NMC scholarships consist of funds generously provided by the Methodist Hospital Foundation to assist our students. View our Scholarship & Grants page to learn more.
Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about what's available and how to apply.
Contact your organization's human resources office to find out what's available.
Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet. Under Human Resources select either MHS Benefits or MJE Benefits then scroll down to Pursuing Your Dreams.
Visit our External Scholarships page to learn more.
Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
Prospective students may apply anytime and are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and students will be notified of their acceptance by letter or phone.
To be considered for admission, the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:
The program requires a minimum of 81 credit hours. All students are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change.
Included within this list is the Educated Citizen Core Curriculum. All students seeking to complete an undergraduate degree at Nebraska Methodist College must complete this set of Arts and Sciences requirements.
Prerequisites: RCP 200, RCP 210 Corequisites: RCP 220, RCP 240
Prerequisites: RCP 200, RCP 210 Corequisites: RCP 220, RCP 240
Prerequisites: RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, BIO 315, RCP 350 Corequisites: RCP 310, RCP 330, RCP 340, RCP 360
Prerequisites: RCP 220, RCP 240, BIO 315, RCP 260, RCP 350 Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 330, RCP 340, RCP 360
Prerequisites: BIO 315, RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, RCP 350 Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 310, RCP 340, RCP 360
Prerequisites: BIO 315, RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, RCP 350 Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 310, RCP 330, RCP 360
Prerequisites: BIO 315, RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, RCP 350 Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 310, RCP 330, RCP 340
Prerequisites: All year-one courses. Corequisite: RCP 210
Prerequisites: All year-one courses Corequisite: RCP 200
Prerequisites: RCP 200, RCP 210 Corequisites: RCP 240, RCP 260
Prerequisites: RCP 200, RCP 210 Corequisites: RCP 220, RCP 260
Prerequisites: BIO 225 Pre/Corequisites: CHE 100
Prerequisites: CHE 100
Prerequisites: SCI 200
Our respiratory care faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use.
While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal experience. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.
Graduates of the Respiratory Care Program will:
Programmatic Student Outcomes Data
The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care maintains the latest information on student outcomes from all accredited programs on its website.
Purpose: To determine the physical and emotional abilities of a student in the Department in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991. Students are required to perform respective duties of the profession based on the necessary physical and emotional abilities as well as academic achievement. The College will make reasonable accommodation for all students.
Policy: The student will possess the following skills and abilities:
Please develop a thoughtful and organized response to the questions below. Your response should be approximately two paragraphs for each question. The admissions committee is looking for responses that are not only well supported but that also use appropriate style and grammar. Be sure to include your name and program on the document itself. You may attach the responses to an email sent to the Admissions office at email@example.com.
When drafting your written statement, please cite any sources using APA format if applicable. Also know that instances of plagiarism within an applicant's written statement will disqualify them for acceptance to Nebraska Methodist College due to the College's commitment to academic integrity and stringent plagiarism policies.
If you send your responses through the mail, please type your responses and send them to:
Nebraska Methodist College - The Josie Harper Campus
720 N. 87th Street
Omaha, NE 68114
Please first address what or who has influenced your decision to pursue a career in healthcare?
Share what was most interesting to you in this class. How might you apply what you learned to the healthcare field? If you do not have recent classes to reflect upon, you may reflect on a personal experience that you had and how what you learned from the experience can be applied to healthcare.
Describe the type of communication listed above you feel most comfortable using. Give a specific example of a time when you exhibited strong communication skills and what the result was of this communication. For example, did you resolve a problem, put someone at ease, or help someone understand a complicated situation?
Describe an experience you have had as a member of a group. Select a particular situation when a problem arose in that group and write about how you responded to it. You may select an experience that went well or one that you wish you could "do over."
The Respiratory Care program begins in the Summer. Students with transfer credit may enroll for the August or January start if advised by the program director. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and candidates are accepted on a rolling basis.
University of Nebraska—Kearney Articulation Agreement
We're pleased to have a formal agreement with the University of Nebraska at Kearney that allows students the opportunity to complete an associate degree from Nebraska Methodist College and a bachelor's degree from UNK.