The field of respiratory care is helping the world breathe easier. The United States Department of Labor reports that employment opportunities in this field are growing above average and will continue to do so through 2024. Graduates in this program tend to work in hospitals helping patients of all ages.
Clarion University's respiratory care program places an emphasis on patient care as well as clinical precision.The program also provides students with a liberal arts education.
A.S. Respiratory Care
Clarion University's Associate of Science in respiratory care program prepares students to be registered respiratory therapists. Respiratory care practitioners (respiratory therapists) evaluate and care for individuals who have breathing and other cardiopulmonary ailments ranging from moderate to life-threatening. Respiratory care practitioners work closely with other health care professionals to provide a wide range of diagnostic and therapy to patients. The respiratory care program is offered only at the Venango campus.
B.S. Respiratory Care
Clarion University’s three-year Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care program prepares tomorrow’s respiratory specialists in an accelerated year-round format. With a bachelor’s degree, respiratory therapists will become leaders in the field of respiratory care. Respiratory therapists with a bachelor’s degree can advance their careers into areas such as administration, research and education. This program is available to beginning students as a traditional degree program as well as to working professionals already employed in the field of respiratory care who want to obtain a B.S. Students who have successfully completed an associate degree from a CoARC-accredited program may be admitted via our advanced placement policy. Advanced placement evaluation will include current credential (CRT/RRT), as well as professional experience as a respiratory care practitioner. This program is a combination of face-to-face courses at Venango campus and online courses.