Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a demand for respiratory therapists?
Yes. Demand for this career is projected to grow by 23 percent over the next 10 years, this is well above the national average and that means an RT degree is a good investment in your future.
Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in Respiratory Therapy?
No. Our program is designed as an entry level degree. This means, those who have a degree in respiratory therapy are not eligible for entry into the program. If you have a degree in respiratory therapy and would like to pursue a master’s degree in healthcare our online Master of Health Science program may be an ideal fit.
What are the prerequisite course requirements for a master’s in RT?
Students must have a bachelor’s degree in another field and must have 8 hours of anatomy and physiology I and II, 4 hours of microbiology, 4 hours of general chemistry, 3-4 hours of physics, 3 hours of psychology, 3-4 hours of pathophysiology, and 3-4 hours of statistics. Complete our transcript review to see if you meet our minimum requirements.
Will I need to find my own clinical placement?
No. We work with area hospitals to place our students for their clinical rotations.
Can I work while I get my RT degree?
This is a rigorous program, with a great deal of time devoted to in-class lecture, labs, and clinical experiences. We strongly encourage students to devote their time to the program for the best career outcomes.
How much time would I need to spend outside of class to be prepared for class?
On average, we recommend three hours outside of class to prepare for each hour of instruction. However, this will vary with the content of the courses(s) you are taking each semester.
Would I be eligible for any financial assistance?
Yes. You will want to file the FAFSA and apply for federal loans at fafsa.ed.gov. Graduate students are eligible for loans in the amount of $20,500 per academic year (fall, spring and summer) while enrolled.
Can I visit a class to get a better feel for the program?
Yes. You are welcome to visit a class. To schedule a visit, please contact Dr. Christy Kane directly at 502.272.8424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.