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A respiratory therapist (RT) is an allied health specialist who performs therapeutic and diagnostic procedures in the care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system. Whenever breathing is an issue, RTs are there. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Diagnosing lung and breathing disorders and recommending treatment methods.
  • Interviewing patients and doing chest physical exams to determine what kind of therapy is best for their condition.
  • Consulting with physicians to recommend a change in therapy, based on your evaluation of the patient.
  • Analyzing breath, tissue, and blood specimens to determine levels of oxygen and other gases.
  • Managing ventilators and artificial airway devices for patients who can’t breathe normally on their own.
  • Responding to Code Blue or other urgent calls for care.
  • Educating patients and families about lung disease so they can maximize their recovery.

Click on About the Profession to learn more about this exiciting career.

Effective, May 15, 2016 for Respiratory South, and February 15, 2016 for Respiratory North, the School of Health Professions will not be accepting applications to its Respiratory Programs.  The School will no longer be offering these programs in their current form following the 2016-2017 academic year.  Students who apply before the respective deadline and are admitted into the 2017 class (beginning in the Fall 2016) must be full time students.  Students who have to step out of the program for either a Leave of Absence or any other reason will be withdrawn from program. 
The SHP Program in Respiratory Care North in Newark includes three degree options:
The SHP Program in Respiratory Therapy South in Stratford includes two degree options:



Both programs are accredited by the

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)         1248 Harwood Road;  Bedford, Texas 78021-4244           Phone: (817) 283-2835   Web:


Both respiratory care programs are part of the Primary Care Department in the School of Health Professions.


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