Respiratory Therapy (RT) was established in 1971 in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, as one of the first undergraduate programs in the nation. Our mission remains the same, to prepare advanced-level therapists who have the abilities to provide leadership for the ongoing development of the profession. Our program is well-respected, highly competitive and very successful. Ohio State RT Alumni are leaders in administration, education, research, professional practice and RT associations.
The new Master of Respiratory Therapy is addressing the RT needs of tomorrow, today. The program is designed to prepare advanced respiratory care practitioners as clinical specialists in adult critical/ emergent care, pediatric critical care, neonatal critical care, pediatrics, primary respiratory care, neuromuscular respiratory care, or sleep disorders who are able to manage and facilitate patient care using clinical protocols and to direct and coordinate respiratory care, including such functions as:
- Provide consultation in decision making/planning for clinical respiratory care services
- Order diagnostic tests and respiratory care services under prescribed clinical protocols
- Initiate consults/referrals to other health care providers
- Authorize and supervise licensed respiratory care professionals (RCP) to provide respiratory care under clinical protocols
- Assume a leadership role in applying evidence-based practice and identifying evidence-based opportunities for improvement in patient care