ETSU has one of only three Bachelors of Science (BS) degree programs in Cardiopulmonary Science in the state of Tennessee (CoARC).
ETSU’s CPSC program graduates consistently exceed accreditation thresholds on national credentialing board examination success, job placement, & employer satisfaction.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that Respiratory Therapy has a faster than average job (19%) growth when compared to other allied health professions (blv.gov).
The median pay for a Respiratory Therapist as of 2013 is $56,290 per year (O*net); the median pay for an RT in Tennessee is $47,600.
The average hourly salary for a Respiratory Therapist is $27.06 per hour (O*net); the average hourly pay for an RT in Tennessee is $22.87
Respiratory Therapists perform a variety of tasks and work in several areas within health care. Specialty areas within the field are also available. Please visit the following sites for additional information: American Association for Respiratory Care (aarc.org), National Board for Respiratory Care (nbrc.org), Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (coarc.org), and O*NET OnLine (onetonline.org).
For more information about becoming a Respiratory Therapist, contact the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the ETSU Nave Center at 423-547-4900 or 423-547-4902.s (547-4900).