What Can I Do With This Major?

About Respiratory Therapy

Employment of Respiratory Therapists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Applications for Fall enrollment are due April 1.

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While most professional Respiratory Therapists work in hospitals, they may also work in physicians' offices, nursing facilities, or as home care therapists. In fact, a growing emphasis on reducing re-admissions in hospitals has created more demand for Respiratory Therapists in nursing homes and in physician's offices than ever before.

As a Shawnee State Respiratory Therapy graduate, you'll have the option to work with hospitals, private practice physicians, sleep disorder centers, health care research institutions, home health care agencies, retirement centers, and many more employers.

Growth in the older populations will lead to an increased incidence of respiratory conditions such as pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other disorders that respiratory therapists help patients and their families evaluate and manage.

Program Goals:

To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practices as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs):

  • Demonstrate knowledge and perform in an ethical and professional manner during all aspects of their clinical, classroom and working careers
  • Comprehend, apply, and evaluate information in the clinical setting (Cognitive-Knowledge)
  • Proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of the Registered Respiratory Therapist (Psychomotor-Skills)
  • Developing professional attitude and behavior to meet employer expectations for the Registered Respiratory Therapist (Affective-Behavior)

Shawnee State University Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
CoARC Program Number: 200268

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By the Numbers

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Median Annual Wage for Respiratory Therapists (2021)


Average Overall Graduate Satisfaction (2019-2021)

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Expected Job Growth in Respiratory Therapy through 2030

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