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 Sciences (547-4900).