Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat all types of patients, from premature infants lacking fully developed lungs to adults suffering from labored breathing to elderly persons whose lungs have become 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 preventive care and patient education.
A bachelor's degree is the future of the profession as determined by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). By earning your Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy with Nebraska Methodist College, you'll be well-positioned to become a leader in your field.
According to Salary.com, the median salary in 2019 for respiratory therapists with bachelor's degrees in the U.S. was between $64,262 and $67,587 per year ($29 - $35 per hour), while the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects faster-than-average job growth for the profession of 21 percent between 2018 and 2028.
NMC was named the No. 4 online bachelor's degree
in respiratory therapy in the nation by Best Colleges for 2019.
NMC was named the No. 27 online bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy
in the nation by Intelligent for 2020. The ranking commended NMC for
having the best specialization options among the top group.
Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) degree advancement, CoARC Program ID 510010, holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, www.coarc.com.
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NMC encourages students to apply for all types of assistance for which they are qualified. Potential resources for this program include:
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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.
The program requires a minimum of 129 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: Determined by major
To provide graduates of entry into respiratory care professional practice degree programs with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in leadership, management, education, research, or advanced clinical practice both to meet their current professional goals and to prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapists.
Graduates of the Respiratory Therapy program will:
1. Develop model, evidence-based protocols and respiratory care plans for clinical practice to include disease management.
2. Demonstrate the effectiveness of the respiratory therapist in health promotion and disease prevention.
3. Comprehend the role of leadership and management as it relates to state healthcare policies that affect patient care, professional practice.
4. Utilize oral and written interdisciplinary communication in coordinating care for patients.
5. Apply educational theory practice to implement education programs for pulmonary disease patients.
AARC STATEMENT of ETHICS and PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
In the conduct of professional activities, the Respiratory Therapist shall be bound by the following ethical and professional principles. Respiratory Therapists shall:
Effective 12/94; Revised 04/15
For a more detailed description of the expectations for ethical behavior, see AARC's Position Statements.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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."
Nebraska Methodist College offers different degree programs in respiratory therapy to fit your current level of education and/or certification. We've illustrated the most common situations below as a guide. For information specific to your situation, please contact one of our admissions coordinators.