Breathe easier with a respiratory therapist degree
The right respiratory therapist degree can help you dive into a dynamic and exciting medical career. Respiratory therapists play an important role in helping patients with breathing difficulties and work with other medical professionals to provide people with cardiopulmonary disorders the best care possible. Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
RT Program Objectives
By earning this specialized degree through the Healthcare School at Stevens-Henager College you could gain the technical proficiencies and academic training required to become a respiratory therapist. Respiratory therapists are tasked with important responsibilities, such as providing and managing therapeutic and life support services, administration of gasses and aerosol therapy, and cardiopulmonary assessment and monitoring.
After completing your Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy and earning necessary certifications or licenses,2 you may find entry-level opportunities in sleep labs, hospitals, long-term care centers, or physicians’ offices.
You’ll also be eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) credentialing exam.
RT Campus Locations
Stevens-Henager has convenient locations located throughout Utah and Idaho. Whatever campus you call home, you will enjoy easy parking, friendly local faculty and staff, and modern, comfortable buildings with smaller, personalized classes.
This program is offered at the following locations:
POTENTIAL CAREERS IN
Your Associate’s degree in Respiratory Therapy could help you prepare for entry-level RT careers,³ such as:
- Respiratory Therapist
- Sleep center technician
- Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT)
- Pulmonary Function Technician
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Some of the many skills of a respiratory therapist you’ll learn in our program include:4
- Airway management
- Anatomy and physiology
- Cardiopulmonary pharmacology
- Cardiopulmonary pathophysiology
- Pulmonary function testing
- Lung hyperinflation therapy
- Bronchial hygiene therapy
- Mechanical ventilation
- Neonatal and pediatric care
- Clinical practice
A Few Courses from Your Program
These are some of the courses offered to help give you an idea of what classes you will be taking.
For a full listing of courses, see the current version of our student catalog.
RES 256 – Neonatal and Pediatric Care
This course focuses on the theory and application of the care of pediatric and perinatal patients
RES 118 – Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology I
This is part one of two courses focusing on the general principles of pharmacology with an emphasis on drugs affecting the cardiopulmonary system. Topics include adrenergic bronchodilators, anticholinergic bronchodilators, xanthines, and mucuscontrolling medications. Upon completion, students will be able to discuss the indications, contraindications, effects, and common usage of frequently prescribed cardiopulmonary medications.
RES 125 – Medical Gas Therapy/Humidity and Aerosol Therapy
The therapeutic application and monitoring of oxygen and specialized gas mixtures. Introduction to hyperbaric medical procedures
RES 205 – Lung Hyperinflation Therapy/ Bronchial Hygiene Therapy
This course focuses on the theory and application of lung hyperinflation along with non-invasive ventilation techniques.
BIO 131 – Cardiopulmonary and Renal Anatomy and Physiology
This course focuses on a detailed study of the structure and the function of the human cardiac, pulmonary, and renal systems. Associated medical terminology is also covered.
RES 116 – Airway Management
This course focuses on the theory, application, and monitoring of airway management.
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What Do Respiratory Therapists Do (and How to Become One)?
Also known as respiratory care practitioners, respiratory therapists help patients with breathing problems, such as bronchitis, asthma, or emphysema. RTs typically work full-time, often on their feet. As an RT, you are an integral part of the team. You’ll work closely with registered nurses (RNs), doctors, surgeons, and medical assistants to ensure proper care for each patient.
To become a respiratory therapist, you will need an associate’s degree in RT from an accredited institution. Many RTs have a bachelor’s degree. Depending on where you live, you will most likely need a professional license to practice. The right degree program will equip you with the required clinical experience to practice, usually through a clinical externship, as well as prepare you for your licensure exam.2
Stevens-Henager College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree program at the Murray/Salt Lake campus, and the Associate of Applied Science degree program at the Boise campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
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