If you are an aspiring student with the desire to work in a challenging medical profession with unlimited potential and excellent employment outlook, then we would like to introduce you to the Carlow University Respiratory Care Program.There are three big reasons why Respiratory Care might be a good fit for you:
- a career in a unique medical profession with great salary and employment outlook
- a unique, specialized medical career in high demand
- learn in a state-of-the-art laboratory and complete clinical rotations at world-renowned partners
What is Respiratory Care?
Respiratory care applies a combination of academic and clinical training to teach students mastery of specialized respiratory skills so that they may assist patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory therapists will treat a large variety of patients including those with asthma, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, respiratory failure, black lung, sleep apnea, cardiac arrest, premature neonates, and more. Learn more at the Pennsylvania Society for Respiratory Care website.
Start Fresh or Transfer In
Carlow University is pleased to offer two tracks for the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care (BSRC):
Carlow’s location in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh offers easy access to clinical sites and future employers. Students are able to take advantage of the University’s longstanding relationships with world-renowned health systems, while still working and learning with Carlow faculty.
Carlow’s program is one of just 60 BSRC programs in the country!
Where do Respiratory Care Therapists work?
- hospitals giving breathing treatments to people with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
- intensive care units managing ventilators that keep the critically ill alive.
- emergency rooms delivering life-saving treatments.
- newborn and pediatric units helping kids with conditions ranging from premature birth to cystic fibrosis.
- operating rooms working with anesthesiologists to monitor patients’ breathing during surgery.
- patient’s homes providing regular check-ups and making sure people have what they need to stay out of the hospital.
- sleep laboratories helping to diagnose disorders like sleep apnea.
- skilled nursing facilities and pulmonary rehabilitation programs helping older people breathe easier and get more out of life.
- doctor’s offices conducting pulmonary function tests and providing patient education.
- asthma education programs helping kids and adults alike learn how to cope with the condition.
- smoking cessation programs assisting those who want to kick the habit for good.
- air transport and ambulance programs rushing to rescue people in need of immediate medical attention.
- case management programs helping devise long-term care plans for patients
How much do Respiratory Care Therapists usually make?
With demand for respiratory therapists on the rise, salaries are following suit. According to the 2009 Human Resources study from the AARC, the projected average annual earnings of respiratory therapists working in the U.S. is $62,223. In this study, and depending on the area of the country, therapists just beginning their careers reported average annual earnings ranging from $42,078-$47,297.
Does a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care give me opportunities for upward mobility?
In this profession, there is nowhere to go but up! Respiratory therapists who enjoy managing other people find great career ladders in most settings—particularly in the hospital, which still employs the majority of therapists. Respiratory therapists with advanced educational skills and who excel on the job have no problem rising up the ranks from staff therapist, to shift supervisor, to department manager. There are even therapists who have ascended to the highest levels of hospital administration!
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The Carlow University Respiratory Care Program (CoARC program # 200617) offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Respiratory Care at its Pittsburgh PA campus and holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. This status signifies that a program that has been granted an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards through the completion and submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR), completion of an initial on-site visit, and other documentation required by the CoARC. The conferral of Provisional Accreditation denotes a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation. The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until achieving Continuing Accreditation. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Provisional Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program.
Respiratory Care Degree Advancement programs are “educational programs designed specifically to meet the needs of practicing respiratory therapists with an RRT who, have already completed an accredited respiratory care program with an entry into respiratory care professional practice degree and wish to obtain advanced training in respiratory care” (AARC-Degree Advancement Programs in Respiratory Care). In 2015, The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, which oversees respiratory care education, developed a set of Standards for Degree Advancement programs, however, this is a voluntary process and not required by Respiratory Care Degree Advancement Programs. Thus, Accreditation of Respiratory Care Degree Advancement Programs is not required at this time.
Commission on Accreditation
for Respiratory Care
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Respiratory Care Program Chair, Michael Mehall, demonstrates the program's new life-size Anatomage Table for advanced virtual dissection in the Respiratory Care Lab. Carlow is one of the first universities in the nation to have this technology.
Zachary chose a respiratory care major and joined the men's basketball team, where he was able to play as a freshman.
Alicia found the right major for her and saved big by transferring credits.
Carlow students in respiratory care form a club to grow together professionally and socially.