Help others breathe more easily.

As a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), you can choose from wide-ranging areas of specialization in adult, pediatric and neonatal intensive care.

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Fast-growing

Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Competitive salaries

The median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $59,710 in May 2017 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Make a difference

Treat people with health challenges affecting the heart and lungs such as asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, cardiovascular disorders, and trauma.

 

"You do not study to pass the test. You study to prepare for the day when you are the only thing between a patient and the grave."

-Mark Reid

 

Faculty Spotlight

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Max Eskelson MS RRT FCCP

My journey to becoming an FCCP (Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians) started in 1974. During my career, I have been involved in supervision, education, middle management, research, hyperbaric medicine, aeromedical transport and adult critical care. I am honored to be recognized by a leading medical organization for my contributions to healthcare and patient care.

When you become an FCCP, you play an active role in advancing the field of chest medicine while enjoying the prestige of being associated with a distinctive group of chest medicine professionals. Obtaining the FCCP designation recognizes you as a leader in CHEST, your profession, your institution, and (most importantly) demonstrates commitment to patients.

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Community Involvement

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Local Professional Simulations

Working in accordance with local hospitals, respiratory therapy students participate in real-world simulations based on current needs and issues facing hospital staff. This opportunity allows students to come together with local professionals with different backgrounds to learn about the best patient care options for community members.

Two respiratory students teach a class of children about the dangers of smoking

Strengthening Families

Students and faculty members donated their time and resources to provide health education courses for families involved in the in the Strengthening Families Program. Kids involved were teamed up with a UVU mentor who helped them through each station and answered their questions.

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Breathe-ZY

This student led program takes respiratory therapy students to local schools to teach elementary, junior high, and high school students about lung health and the critical dangers of smoking/vaping at a young age. During the program, Breathe-ZY participants lead students in the dissection of a “smoking” pig to discover the dangers of smoking.

The UVU Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Program was granted provisional accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) on November 21, 2017.   More information can be found here.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021

817-283-2835

CoARC Website