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Respiratory Therapy AS-to-BSRT Program

Southern’s Respiratory Care AS-to-BSRT program is designed to enhance the student’s professional career in Respiratory Therapy. The curriculum provides students who hold Associate degree in the field of respiratory care and RRT certification, with the necessary skills and knowledge to be fully prepared to further assume professional leadership roles in clinical practice, research, education, marketing and management.

Respiratory TherapyCareer Growth

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in the middle-aged and elderly population will lead to an increased incidence of respiratory conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and pneumonia.

Respiratory therapists treat and monitor newborns for breathing disorders. A neonatal RT might monitor the breathing of premature babies, treat infants born with pulmonary diseases or disorders, or respond to the unique respiratory care needs of an infant in an emergency.

In addition, advances in preventing and detecting disease, improved medications, and more sophisticated treatments will increase the demand for respiratory therapists. Other conditions affecting the general population, such as smoking, air pollution, and respiratory emergencies, will continue to create demand for respiratory therapists.       


 For more information:

joan Kreiger
Joan Kreiger, EdD, RRT
Respiratory Care Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor
Office Building 1, Room 103
(203) 392-6963
(203) 392-6911 FAX