Respiratory Therapy

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Could You Be an RT?

Do you…

  • Have an interest in pursuing a health profession?
  • Enjoy helping people in their time of need?
  • Like working with technology?
  • Perform well in math and science?
  • Prefer a profession with a lot of variety on the job?
  • Want to choose your work setting and the types of patients you serve?
  • Seek a career with multiple opportunities for advancement?

To learn more about accredited programs you can go to:

The accrediting agency for Respiratory Therapy Program

264 Precision Blvd
Telford, TN 37690
CoARC Program Outcomes (PDF)

Four-year BSRT Degree

Respiratory Therapy is an allied health specialty that concentrates on the treatment, management, control and care of patients’ breathing.  A respiratory therapist is an integral part of the health care team that uses their didactic and clinical practice to evaluate treatments, therapeutics, medications and ventilation for the best outcomes for patients. The B.S.R.T. program prepares students to enter the workforce as registered respiratory therapists.

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New students in the respiratory therapy program begin their studies by taking foundation courses, but when entering into the clinical phase of the undergraduate program, Marywood is ready to provide them with the latest equipment in a clinical setting.  Construction of our new lab is complete and is a great way to ready students for a clinical career.

When students are ready to graduate our program they will have the skills to help patients with oxygen needs and medications.  They will be able to set up ventilation machines, the latest respiratory therapies and be an essential part of a health care team. 

Skills will include:

Ventilation of patients

Lab results, x-ray images

Oxygen therapy devices

Online Degree Completion: R.R.T. to B.S.R.T.

The R.R.T. to B.S.R.T .Degree Advancement Program (DAP) offers a relevant and challenging program that will impact graduates and the patients whom they treat. Degree advancement students earn a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy.

The degree is earned completely online without having to relocate. Students network with other practicing professionals. Successful graduates will have the skills needed to advance in their field.

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Career Outlook

Employment of respiratory therapists has been projected to grow 23 percent between 2016 and 2026—much faster than the average for all occupations.

The median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $59,710 ($28.71 per hour) in May 2017.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Respiratory Therapists

Career Settings

Respiratory therapists provide the hands-on care that helps people recover from a wide range of medical conditions. Therapists get to know their patients, and their patients’ families, and have the opportunity to help them through trying times. Whenever breathing is an issue, they are there.

  • In hospitals, giving breathing treatments to people with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
  • In intensive care units, managing ventilators that keep the critically ill alive.
  • In emergency rooms, delivering life-saving treatments.
  • In newborn and pediatric units, helping kids with conditions ranging from premature birth to cystic fibrosis.
  • In operating rooms, working with anesthesiologists to monitor patients’ breathing during surgery.
  • In patients’ homes, providing regular check-ups and making sure people have what they need to stay out of the hospital.
  • In sleep laboratories, helping to diagnose disorders like sleep apnea.
  • In skilled nursing facilities and pulmonary rehabilitation programs, helping older people breathe easier and get more out of life.
  • In doctors’ offices, conducting pulmonary function tests and providing patient education.
  • In asthma education programs, helping kids and adults alike learn how to cope with the condition.
  • In smoking cessation programs, assisting those who want to kick the habit for good.
  • In air transport and ambulance programs, rushing to rescue people in need of immediate medical attention.
  • In case management programs, helping devise long-term care plans for patients.

Program Goal

To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).  To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content that includes objectives related to acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research, advanced clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization).


Joy Hughes Joy Hughes
Founding Director/Assistant Professor
HFC 101

    Ms. Hughes has developed the new program’s curriculum, guided its accreditation process, and is developing and maintaining relationships with medical facilities and other educational institutions. “Health professions are growing and in demand more than ever,” said Ms. Hughes. “Respiratory therapy is a fast-growing, fast-paced, and diverse profession.” Opportunities in the field include work in hospital settings, doctors’ offices, emergency transport, sleep labs, nursing homes, sub-acute rehabilitation facilities, home care, education, and equipment/pharmaceutical sales.

    Since 2012, Ms. Hughes served as an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education for the respiratory therapy program at Harrisburg Area Community College. She had previously served that institution as an adjunct professor and clinical instructor, beginning in 2005. Additionally, her professional experience also includes service as interim program director of the respiratory therapy program at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (Lancaster, PA) from 2011-2012 and as a respiratory care practitioner at Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital (Camp Hill, PA) from 2004-2017.

    Ms. Hughes holds a Master of Science in Health Administration degree (2016) and a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Leadership degree (2012) from the University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL). She received her Associate of Science degree in respiratory therapy from Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, PA) in 2004. She is a certified respiratory therapist and a registered respiratory therapist, with specializations in both neonatal pediatric and adult critical care.

    Ms. Hughes is the 2012 recipient of the Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award from Harrisburg Area Community College. Her memberships include the Pennsylvania Society for Respiratory Care, American Association for Respiratory Care, National Board for Respiratory Care, Lambda Beta National Honor Society for Respiratory Care (Faculty Member), Cumberland Perry Vo-Tech Health Career Advisory Committee, and the Harrisburg Area Community College Operations House and Faculty Cabinet.

Bassel Noumi, M.D. Bassel Noumi, M.D.
Medical Director/Instructor of Practice
HFC 101

    Bassel Noumi, M.D., medical director for Marywood's Respiratory Therapy program, is a board-certified internist and pulmonologist and is employed at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton, Pa. He completed his pulmonary residency at Case Western University and became the chief fellow of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Case Western, Cleveland, Ohio.

    Dr. Noumi has conducted and contributed in many different areas of research, including hemoglobin monitoring in assessing weaning failure, peripheral vascular resistance, and heart failure. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American Thoracic Society, and the American College of Chest Physicians.