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Cardiopulmonary Science Program

Department of Allied Health Sciences

Cardiopulmonary Fact Sheet
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  • ETSU has one of only three Bachelors of Science (BS) degree programs in Cardiopulmonary Science in the state of Tennessee (CoARC).

  • ETSUs 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 (23%) growth when compared to other allied health professions (

  • The median pay for a Respiratory Therapist as of 2013 is $59,710 per year (O*net); the median pay for an RT in Tennessee is $50,010. 

  • The average hourly salary for a Respiratory Therapist is $28.71 per hour (O*net); the average hourly pay for an RT in Tennessee is $24.05.

  • 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 (, National Board for Respiratory Care (, Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (, and O*NET OnLine (

  • For more information about becoming a Respiratory Therapist, contact the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the ETSU Nave Center at 423-439-5050.
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