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Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapists (RTs) examine, assess, and treat patients who have difficulty breathing. Their patient population includes a wide range of age groups with a variety of conditions, such as undeveloped lungs (premature infants), asthma, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, and much more. They require excellent leadership and communications skills, as their role entails working closely with physicians to develop treatment plans and instructing patients on medications and equipment.

The demand for respiratory care has perhaps never been higher, due to various factors such as the growing aging population, which increases the occurrence of respiratory conditions with it, as well as the ongoing prevalence of the COVID-19 respiratory infection. Today’s healthcare field calls for respiratory therapists equipped with analytical, research, and collaborative skills to give patients the highest quality of respiratory care.

Respiratory Therapy has become more complex over the past 20 years and requires respiratory therapists to have a greater breadth and depth of knowledge. RTs need the ability to communicate more effectively on interprofessional care teams and serve as consultants in the delivery of respiratory support in the clinical environment. These expanded roles and expectations have led the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) to examine the future educational needs of the bedside respiratory therapist. A bachelor’s degree has already become the norm for managers and educators in New England and around the country. Many career ladders require at least a bachelor’s degree in order to advance.

Why choose Respiratory Therapy at MCPHS?

The MCPHS BSRT degree-advancement program prepares respiratory therapists to advance the respiratory care profession through leadership and evidence-based practice. Students have the opportunity to pursue relevant topics that can be applied to current practice. The program provides graduates with additional knowledge, skills, and competencies that support advancement opportunities in clinical leadership, educational leadership, scholarship and research, and disease management.

Preferred degree

A Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy is the preferred degree of the American Association for Respiratory Care. As the field continues to grow, the educational foundation of a bachelor’s degree makes respiratory therapists more competitive. With MCPHS’s degree-advancement program, respiratory therapists need only build upon their associate degree to advance their skills and knowledge base for the delivery of next-level care.

According to the 2020 AARC Human Resource Study, around 32% of practicing RTs have a bachelor’s degree. This places RTs with a BS degree at a competitive advantage in terms of job offers, opportunities, and advancement.

Unique offering

MCPHS offers the only degree-advancement Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program in Massachusetts and one of just three programs in all of New England.

Due to the online component, you can complete this degree in as little as two years. This allows you the flexibility to learn and take courses when you can. It also allows for real-time practical application of the content that you are learning while enrolled in the program.