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Respiratory Therapy

The Respiratory Therapy (RT) program seamlessly blends classroom, lab, and clinical components designed to prepare students for careers as respiratory therapists. There is a growing demand for highly skilled practitioners, and the RT program has the classes, faculty, real-world experience, and state-of-the-art facilities to professionally prepare you.

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Discover the educational experience that fits your needs

Pre Licensure Track
The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Program is a four-year program that blends hands-on, laboratory and class learning. This program provides you with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience that will help you begin your exciting career in the respiratory therapy field.

Post Licensure Degree Advancement Track
The Degree Advancement track is offered 100% online and is specifically designed to meet the needs of practicing respiratory therapists who have already completed or are anticipating completing an accredited respiratory care program with an entry into respiratory care professional practice degree. 

Why study respiratory therapy at Radford?

  • Participate in experiences with diagnostic procedures
  • Learn in state-of-the-art equipment and facilities
  • Select the track that fits your educational needs
  • Receive expert advising from a dedicated, full-time faculty member assigned specifically to you

Careers and Internships

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Respiratory Therapists is expected to increase by up to 26% in coming years. Learn more about the career outlook for a respiratory therapist.

Admissions Requirements

Freshmen and sophomore applicants follow Radford University admission requirements. Junior level progression and junior transfer students (based on cohort availability) must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA above 2.5
  • Complete the first two years of the POS 
  • Have a grade of  “C” or higher in A&P I and II


The Respiratory Therapy program at Radford University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), program number 200312.  The CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

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This program meets the educational requirements for licensure for every state.
  • 98% on-time graduation

  • 100% board pass rate

  • 100% job placement rate

“My experience in this program has been nothing short of wonderful. It helped guide me in finding what I am passionate about and what I ultimately want out of my future career. I’m excited about the positive impact I have and will continue to make on patients’ lives.” 

Rachel Warren, ‘23

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We want to get to know you better and we are excited that you are ready to take your next step and learn more about us. We are here to help you and look forward to working with you during your college search process.