Helping the world breathe better.


Respiratory therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who provide testing, treatment and care to patients who have difficulty breathing. The causes of breathing issues include cardiopulmonary disorders such as heart failure or pulmonary hypertension, chronic respiratory issues like asthma, COPD or cystic fibrosis, and emergencies like heart attack and drowning.

Our graduates are trained to work with the full spectrum of patients, from infants to the elderly. Therapists work in many different settings including intensive care units, emergency departments, diagnostic laboratories, clinics and the home.

Respiratory Therapy at a glance:

  • The respiratory therapy program at Ohio State was established in 1971
  • Low student to faculty ratio of 11:1
  • Small class sizes with an average of only 22 per class
  • Roughly 45 percent of our students pursue graduate or professional degrees

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A great curriculum leads to great jobs

Ohio State’s all-inclusive curriculum has led to our graduates having excellent outcomes. In our more than 45-year history, we’ve seen virtually 100% job placement of those seeking employment upon graduation, with the majority obtaining leadership or titled positions.

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Learn from a professional faculty with real-world experience

Our faculty is comprised of licensed, registered respiratory therapists with graduate degrees and experience in the field. Some faculty members have specialty credentials in neonatal/pediatrics and pulmonary function technology, while others are nationally known for their research and contributions to the profession.

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Clinical experiences that build knowledge and confidence

Thanks to the training they receive at many central Ohio healthcare centers, our students are prepared for the varied and often stressful clinical experiences they may encounter on the job. These facilities include The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Nationwide Children's Hospital and Central Ohio Specialty Care.

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Enjoy a rewarding career field with strong job security

Respiratory therapy is a growing field because of our aging population and a rise in respiratory conditions and cardiopulmonary diseases. In fact, the Department of Labor estimates that employment will increase by 12 percent in the next eight years. The median annual salary for respiratory therapists in 2015 was $57,790.

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Accreditation

The Respiratory Therapy baccalaureate program at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio has continued accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Our program number is 200167. To view the CoARC Outcomes please visit CoARC Outcomes Data.
 

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835
www.coarc.com

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