As a respiratory therapist, you will join a high-demand field devoted to the study, care, and treatment of disorders related to the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems. Respiratory therapists have advanced knowledge of some of the most innovative and high-tech equipment in medicine.
Our graduates are trained to deliver advanced care in many settings, such as ICUs, emergency rooms, labor and delivery, rehabilitation centers, and homecare. This is a great field if you are interested in health, biology, math, chemistry, and physics.
To ensure the workforce is adequately prepared, the American Association for Respiratory Care recently called for a shift in education, such that all new respiratory care programs award, at a minimum, bachelor’s degrees in respiratory care (American Association for Respiratory Care, 2016).
Edgewood College is currently the only program of its kind in the state of Wisconsin (Commission on Accreditation in Respiratory Care Education CoARC, 2018) to offer an entry-into-practice bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Care (BSRC).
Respiratory therapists are critical, decision-making members of the health care team:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the 10-year growth rate for respiratory therapists as 23.4% through 2026, which is higher than average growth (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019). On average, respiratory therapists are highly-paid, skilled positions, earning $67,000 per year on average (salary.com).
Currently, there is a shortage of respiratory therapists in Wisconsin and the Midwest.
Applications for the Respiratory Care program are traditionally submitted the Fall semester of a student’s sophomore year. This clinical training is a highly competitive program designed to ensure certification and employment success.