Cardiopulmonary Fact Sheet
ETSU has the only Bachelors of Science
degree program in Cardiopulmonary Science in this region.
ETSU's Cardiopulmonary Science program graduates score
significantly higher on national board examinations when
compared to other programs.
US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate
Respiratory Therapists as one of the top 10 fastest growing
occupations during the next decade.
Tennessee Department of Employment Security
projects a 76% increase in employment opportunities for
Respiratory Therapist to 2006.
Median salary for a Respiratory Therapist
in Tennessee is $40,123.
Average hourly salary for a Respiratory
Therapist in Tennessee is $14.00 to $18.00.
Respiratory Therapists provide assessment,
diagnostic evaluation, treatment, and for patients with
breathing disorders throughout the life span. Assume primary
responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including
the supervision of certified respiratory therapists. They work
closely with physicians to initiate and conduct therapeutic
procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble,
check, and operate equipment.
For more information about becoming a
Respiratory Therapist, contact the Department of Allied Health