The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Respiratory Therapy program, part of the IU School of Medicine's undergraduate program, will provide you with the critical thinking, problem-solving, and knowledge you need for a career in respiratory therapy, providing quality care for patients with cardiopulmonary disorders.
Respiratory therapist care for all types of patients, from premature infants to the elderly. They practice in a variety of settings, ranging from private homes to critical care units in a hospital, administering inhaled medications and treatments that maintain the lives of critically ill patients on ventilators. Respiratory therapists utilize diagnostic procedures including physical examinations as well as sophisticated, high-tech medical equipment.
After graduation, you will be prepared to pursue state licensure as well as complete professional examiniations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Completion of the program will prepare you for the registered Respiratory Therapist examination. To practice, you must have a certified respiratory therapist (CRT) or registered respiratory therapist (RRT) credential.
Begin your studies toward a degree in respiratory therapy at IUPUC by completing prerequisite and general education courses. Then transfer to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to finish the program. Along the way, you will work closely with a University College (UCOL) academic advisor who will help you determine what courses can be completed in Columbus and develop an appropriate timeline for transferring to Indianapolis.
You must be in good academic standing to transfer to another Indiana University campus. Admission to the respiratory therapy program is competitive and completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee acceptance.
- To begin a respiratory therapy degree at IUPUC, please contact University College.
- If you are a current IUPUC student, contact your academic advisor.