Respiratory Therapy | Kent State University

Respiratory Therapy

  • Fast paced work with a variety of patients

  • Our students have a 100% Pass rate on the National Exam

  • Career Highlight: $57,790 median wage

U.S. News and World Report lists "respiratory therapist" at No. 16 on their top 100 jobs in health care.  

Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy

The Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy gives you the skills to evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures. Therapists also provide complex therapy requiring considerable independent judgment, such as caring for patients on life support in intensive-care units of hospitals.

An associate degree is earned with successful completion of 70 semester hours of coursework. Graduates are eligible to take national credentialing examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which include the Certified and Registered Respiratory Therapist credentials (CRT, RRT), Certified and Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT, RPFT) and Neonatal Pediatric Specialist (NPS).

Bachelor’s of Science in Respiratory Care

Building upon the foundation of an associate degree in respiratory therapy, Kent State University at Ashtabula’s Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care is the solution for both students completing an associate degree and working respiratory therapists that wish to expand their career options. Our accredited completer program is offered in an accelerated format that offers 7-week courses and is completely online. Applications are now being accepting and students may apply online for admission to Kent State Ashtabula.

A Bachelor’s degree is earned with successful completion of 45 semester hours of upper division course work. The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care degree program is designed to prepare qualified graduates of associate degree programs with the necessary knowledge and skills for a role in management, research, teaching, and more. In addition, the program uses best practices to teach leadership skills, disease management, and sleep medicine specializations to enhance students’ practice of respiratory care.