Respiratory Care Sciences
Registered Respiratory Therapist
Faculty: C. Hamilton, S. Judge, R. Speitel
The overall goal of the baccalaureate degree program in Respiratory Care is to provide an educational curriculum designed to prepare students for the National Board for Respiratory Care Examination, expand duty practice of respiratory care, and to be educators, staff therapists and/or supervisors in the field of respiratory care. Students also receive clinical training in affiliated hospitals.
The field of Respiratory Care requires respiratory care practitioners to administer various treatment modalities and medications, perform diagnostic procedures, and/or manage sophisticated life-support equipment. Although the majority of respiratory care practitioners are employed by hospitals, there are also opportunities to practice outside of the standard hospital setting. The student who satisfactorily completes all courses in the curriculum is awarded the Bachelor of Science degree.
Students receive extensive clinical training in affiliated hospitals. Many of our graduates go on to complete graduate degrees. Some graduates enter professional programs. Virtually all students have a job waiting on them at graduation. Many hospitals currently offer sign on bonuses. The demand for respiratory therapy is quite high. United States Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that it has a projected growth rate that is to "increase at a faster than average" rate. Read more about that here.
What does a job in Respiratory Care Look Like?
The field of Respiratory Care needs practitioners to work in hospitals, homecare, laboratories, and sales or business. In the clinical setting, Respiratory Therapists administer various treatments, medications, perform diagnostic procedures, and/or manage sophisticated life-support equipment. They may be used in areas as diverse as working in intensive care units including premature infants to adults, valuable members of the CPR team, and giving breathing treatments to asthmatics. Although the majority of respiratory care practitioners are employed by hospitals, opportunities to practice outside of the standard hospital setting are developing. A Bachelor of Science degree allows the therapist an extra credential to climb the career ladder.
What classes would I be taking?
The Respiratory Care program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Successful graduates of the program receive a B.S. degree in Cardio-Respiratory Care Sciences and are eligible to take the National Board Examinations.
Graduates of the program are qualified to be respiratory therapists and able to work in a variety of settings. Accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). You may also wish to view Programmatic Outcomes Data.
Request Additional Information
Applications for the Respiratory Care Program will be available January 6, 2014. Courses in the major begin each fall semester. For more information, you may contact us at:
Tennessee State University
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd, Box 9527
Nashville, TN 37209-1561
Phone: 615-963-7431 (department phone) or 615-963-7420 (Dr. Christiine Hamilton)