Respiratory Specialty Practice

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Why Respiratory Specialty Practice?

The goal and planned outcome of the Respiratory Specialty Practice Certificate program is to help students working as Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) reach a competency level where they can become board-certified specialists in one or more of four specialty areas.

The objective of the Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Specialty Practice is to prepare Registered Respiratory Therapists to document their competency in one of four respiratory care specialist practice areas:

  1. Adult critical care
  2. Neonatal and pediatric intensive care
  3. Asthma and COPD education/wellness coordination
  4. Pulmonary function testing

After earning their graduate certificate, students working in these areas are expected to reach a competency level that allows them to become board-certified specialists in one or more of these four specialty areas.

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Unique Features

  • Choose from one of four specialty areas: adult critical care, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, asthma and COPD education/wellness coordination, or pulmonary function testing
  • The certificate is designed to help students become board-certified RRT specialists
  • Program targeted toward working Registered Respiratory Therapists who wish to advance their knowledge and career 
  • Online program provides a flexible format for working professionals 

What you'll study

General Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Specialty Practice General Requirements

Required Courses

RPT 7400 - Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders
RPT 7401 - Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Diagnostics
RPT 7402 - Adult Critical Care
RPT 7403 - Neonatal and Pediatric Care

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 16 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

Did You Know?

A graduate certificate can boost your earnings by an average of 25% (Washington Post, 2012).

Did You Know?

Certificates are the fastest-growing form of postsecondary credentials in the United States (Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012).

Average Time to Completion

9-12 Months



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