Students practicing in the respiratory therapy labs.
  • Program Type
  • Degrees Offered
  • School
    Saint Gianna School of Health Sciences

Become a critical member of a health care team. Address the needs of patients with respiratory and cardiac problems.

Need an Online or Evening Option?

You can earn your RRT to BSRT entirely online in a format specifically designed for working adults. 

What You’ll Learn

You will take introductory courses in liberal arts in addition to RT prerequisites. After developing a strong foundation on campus, you will assess patients and develop, implement, and assess plans of care for patients on the CHI/St. Alexius Medical Center campus.

Become Eligible for the RRT Credential

Our students are eligible to take credentialing examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) leading to the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

Study in an Accredited Program

The respiratory therapy program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Secure Your Spot Early

Incoming freshmen who have displayed superior academic performance in high school and have been officially admitted to the University of Mary can apply for Early Assurance to the respiratory therapy program.

Take Advantage of Alternative Options to the Degree

If you already have the RRT credential or an associate degree in respiratory therapy, advance your career with the RRT to BSRT program

Our Master of Science in Respiratory Therapy program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in a different discipline who are looking to pursue an advanced health care degree.

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.


  • Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

    CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes-based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. CoARC #200133 CoARC’s Outcomes Data:

View additional information regarding accreditation of this program.

Careers & Outcomes

Employment Trends

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for respiratory therapists to grow by 13% through 2032, more than three times faster than the average for all occupations, because of the aging U.S. population. Respiratory therapists work with physicians and other health professionals in adult and newborn intensive care units; hospital emergency rooms; outpatient rehabilitation clinics; sleep-related breathing disorders clinics; and in the home.

Career Paths

  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist
  • Sleep Disorders Specialist
  • Adult Critical Care Specialist
  • Pulmonary Function Technologist
  • Asthma Educator
  • Tobacco Treatment Specialist

Take Your Next Step in Respiratory Therapy