Respiratory Therapy
College of Pharmacy and Health Science

Respiratory Therapy Program at TSU

Respiratory Therapy
The Respiratory Therapy Program provides graduates with the technical and integrative skills for performing diagnostic evaluation, therapy, patient/family education and public education in cases of cardiopulmonary dysfunction. Graduates have the skills to perform diagnostic activities such as obtaining and analyzing physiological specimens, interpreting physiological data, and performing sleep disorder studies and much more.

Why Respiratory Therapy At TSU Is An Easy Choice

  1. TSU’s Respiratory Therapy Program is located in the heart of Houston Texas, the 3rd largest city of our nation and currently holds clinical affiliates with 14 medical and clinical sites including nine within the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world.
  2. Our program offers a full array of clinical training that includes diagnostic, urgent, emergency, out-patient, long-term, and other patient services for both adult and pediatric patients.
  3. The TSU RT program’s newly renovated and equipped campus laboratory replicates current clinical dramatization and supports collaborative clinical training with other health professions.
  4. The TSU RT program has accomplished national recognition, designated by the professional accreditation agency as one of several distinguished baccalaureate RT programs maintaining 100% board exam pass rates and employment rates for the three consecutive years.
  5. Students enrolled in our program receive individualized advisement and counseling from faculty and staff to insure the best opportunity for their academic progression and success.

Respiratory Therapy’s Community College Transfer Initiative
(EASY AS 1.2.3.)

Bring Us Your Associates Degree and let us create a pathway to higher education, more money and greater opportunities! If you have graduated with an Associate’s degree and are looking to transfer to a four-year university. TSU is perfect for you!!!

Benefits Of The Program:

  • All courses needed to graduate are/or will be offered online
  • World class education at reduced costs
  • Transferability of all appropriate semester credit hours
  • Only the last 30 (SCH) hours are required to be taken at TSU. The remainder of courses can be taken at the community college level.

Respiratory Therapy Career Pathway
Respiratory therapists need at least an associate’s degree, but employers prefer applicants who have a bachelor’s degree. Respiratory therapy programs include courses in human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, pharmacology, and mathematics. Professional courses deal with therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and tests, equipment, patient assessment, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), education, management and research.

Professional Credentials and Licensure
- The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) is the main certifying body credentialing organization for respiratory therapists. The Board offers two levels of practice credentials, the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), in addition to several optional specialty practice credentials. The TSU RT Program is accredited to offer the RRT credential. Graduates of this program earn the RRT credential upon receipt of their baccalaureate degree and successful completion of the NBRC Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) and Clinical Simulation (CSE) examinations. TSU graduates may choose to complete other NBRC specialty examinations.

Licensure - The CRT and/or RRT credentials are used as the basis for the licensure in all of the 49 states that regulate the practice of respiratory care. Respiratory therapists are licensed in all states except Alaska.

Careers in Respiratory Therapy
Respiratory therapists provide the hands-on care that helps people recover from a wide range of medical conditions. Therapists get to know their patients, and their patients’ families, and have the opportunity to help them through trying times. Whenever breathing is an issue, they are there. You’ll find RTs:

  • In hospitals giving breathing treatments to people with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
  • In intensive care units managing ventilators that keep the critically ill alive.
  • In emergency rooms delivering life-saving treatments.
  • In newborn and pediatric units helping kids with conditions ranging from premature birth to cystic fibrosis.
  • In operating rooms working with anesthesiologists to monitor patients’ breathing during surgery.
  • In patient’s homes providing regular check-ups and making sure people have what they need to stay out of the hospital.
  • In sleep laboratories helping to diagnose disorders like sleep apnea.
  • In skilled nursing facilities and
  • In doctor’s offices conducting
  • In asthma education programs
  • In smoking cessation programs
  • In air transport and ambulance programs rushing to rescue people in need of immediate
  • In case management programs helping direct long-term care plans for patients

How Much Does A Respiratory Therapist Make?
In 2013, respiratory therapists made a median salary of $56,290. The BLS reports that the highest-paid made more than $76,750, and the lowest-paid earned less than $41,110. Although hospitals employ the most RTs, they don’t pay the best: Outpatient care centers, and colleges, universities and professional schools pay therapists in the upper 60s -

Job Outlook
Career opportunities will remain good in the foreseeable future, projected to grow 19% between 2012 and 2022. This growth is largely due to the growing percentage of older people, who have higher incidences of respiratory conditions and illnesses like emphysema, chronic bronchitis and pneumonia. These respiratory disorders can permanently damage the lungs or restrict lung function.

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