U of M Program (Rochester)
Respiratory care is a professionally and personally rewarding career with a balanced blend of technology and patient interaction. In this allied health specialty, respiratory therapists, also known as respiratory care practitioners, help assess cardiopulmonary systems to treat and monitor heart and lung problems.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Professions Respiratory Care Track delivers upper-division curriculum designed to prepare students to become respiratory care practitioners with advanced-level clinical skills.
The mission of the track is to:
- Prepare students to become respiratory care practitioners with advanced-level clinical skills
- Provide professional courses and clinical experiences to support professional development
- Prepare students to serve as consultants to physicians and other medical staff
- Offer students options for specialized clinical study including:
- Adult critical care and patient transport
- Newborn and pediatric critical care
- Cardiopulmonary diagnostics-pulmonary function testing
- Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, disease prevention, case management in asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), as well as smoking cessation and lung health counseling
Respiratory care practitioners are important members of the health care team. They work under the medical direction of doctors with expertise in pulmonary medicine, critical care, pediatrics, neonatology and rehabilitation. Respiratory care practitioners assume significant responsibility for patient care, working closely with nurses, physical therapists, radiographers, and social workers.
Click on the link below for more information on the program offered through University of Minnesota Rochester and Mayo School of Health Sciences.