The Respiratory Care Program is designed to provide students with a unique education in preparation for a satisfying professional career as advanced respiratory care practitioners. The respiratory care program prepares leaders for respiratory care management, education, research and clinical practice. The Health Science Center offers two degree plans; the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care (BSRC) and the Master of Science in Respiratory Care (MSRC). Prospective students have several degree and curriculum options to choose from to achieve their goals as a leader in respiratory care.
Respiratory Care, also known as respiratory therapy, is an exciting and challenging health profession specializes in the treatment of patients with cardiopulmonary system deficiencies. Respiratory therapists work in cooperation with physicians to care for patients with a wide range of breathing disorders including asthma, emphysema, cystic fibrosis and breathing issues due to premature birth. Respiratory therapist practice in a variety of areas such as the intensive critical care units, neonatal/pediatric intensive care units, flight teams, and cardiopulmonary diagnostics. Respiratory therapist also practice in alternate sites such as nursing homes, physician offices, long term acute care hospitals, patients homes, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation clinics, tobacco cessation programs, polysomnography laboratories performing sleep studies, and chronic disease management.
The respiratory therapist works with diverse patient populations ranging from newborn and pediatric patients to adults and the elderly. Disease states or conditions often requiring respiratory care include asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive lung disease, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, shock, trauma, preterm delivery and postoperative surgical care.
Over the last few years, the role of the respiratory therapist has expanded greatly. It is anticipated the need for respiratory therapists will grow faster than average over the next 10 years. Respiratory therapists are needed to serve on multidisciplinary teams in the health care setting. Respiratory therapists may choose to become highly skilled clinicians, managers, supervisors and educators.
The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care and Master of Science in Respiratory Care programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Rd., Bedford, Texas 76021-4244, phone (817) 283-2835, fax (817) 354-8519