A faculty member in the Respiratory Therapy degree program at The University of Akron interprets a medical test with students

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy

Stacia Biddle


Program Overview

Curriculum Guide (Degree Requirements)

What is a Respiratory Therapist?

A Respiratory Therapist is a health care professional who assesses, diagnoses, and treats patients with heart and lung diseases.  Caring for all age groups, Respiratory Therapists work in hospitals, nursing homes, offices, sleep labs, and even patient's own homes.  To help patient breath Respiratory equipment may be as simple as oxygen cannula's up to mechanical ventilators.

Program Accreditation

The University of Akron's Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC).  Visit the CoARC website to obtain more information about Respiratory Therapy, the accrediting agency, its policies, standards, and program outcomes.

COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION OF RESPIRATORY CARE

264 Precision Boulevard

Telford, TN  37690

Website:  www.coarc.com

Phone:     (817) 283-2835

Graduate's Board Certification

After successfully completing the UA Respiratory Therapy program, graduates will be eligible to take the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) licensure examination (which is administered by the State Medical Board of Ohio).  Successful obtainment of this national license is a legal requirement to perform Respiratory Therapy functions.

STATE MEDICAL BOARD OF OHIO

30 East Broad Street, 3rd Floor

Columbus, OH  43215

Website:   www.med.ohio.gov

Phone:     (614) 466-3934

Fax:         (614) 728-5946

Program Effectiveness

YEAR NBRC PASS RATE JOB PLACEMENT COMPLETION RATE
2015 95% (18-out-of-19)
2016 95% (19-out-of-20)
2017 90% (18-out-of-20)
2018
2019 100%
Average 93.3%