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Respiratory Therapy (Bachelor of Science)

The Respiratory Therapy degree program at Indiana University School of Medicine prepares leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content related to the acquisition of skills in management, education and research. Students gain demonstrated competence in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists.

Graduates of this program receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy from IU School of Medicine. Graduates meet the requirements to take examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). These examinations are used to obtain a license to practice as a respiratory therapist in 49 states that require licensing. Completion of the examinations allow therapist to use the CRT (Certified Respiratory Therapist) and RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) credentials. Additional specialty examinations are available to advance professional opportunities.

Career Exploration

Students interested in respiratory therapy can learn more about working as a respiratory therapist and explore clinical observation opportunities.

What's Respiratory Therapy?

Faculty Spotlight

Matthew C. Aalsma, PhD, HSPP

Professor of Pediatrics

Eva B. Aamodt

Visiting Research Associate in Neurology

Vasantha D. Aaron, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology & Imaging Sciences

Joshua M. Aaron, MD

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery

Abdul Rahman Aasar, MD

Diagnostic Radiology, PGY 2
Indiana University School of Medicine

Sami M. Aasar, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Abdul Rahman Aasar, MD

Diagnostic Radiology, PGY 2
Indiana University School of Medicine

Shaza K. Abass, PhD

Student Temporary Staff

Dilawer H. Abbas, MBBS

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology

Rania K. Abbasi, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesia

Learning Environment

Classroom and laboratory courses are held at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Clinical Courses are located at medical facilities throughout central Indiana with IU Health being a primary clinical affiliate.

This undergraduate education program is part of a consortium that includes Indiana University, Ball State University, the University of Indianapolis and IU Health. Students are enrolled at IUPUI for all their respiratory therapy courses and receive their degree from the IU School of Medicine.
  • Accreditation
    The program is fully accredited under its official title “Indiana Respiratory Therapy Education Consortium” by the Commission on the Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX, 76021-4244, (817) 283-2835. Outcome data for the program can be found at
  • Learning Outcomes
    Upon completion of the program, students demonstrate:
    • professional behavior consistent with employer expectations as registered respiratory therapists
    • the ability to comprehend, apply and evaluate clinical information relevant to their roles as registered respiratory therapists
    • technical proficiency in all the skills necessary to fulfill their roles as registered respiratory therapists
  • Licensure Requirements
    Licensing is required in most states to work as a respiratory therapist. Many states, including Indiana, use the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential offered by the NBRC as part of the licensing process, however some now require the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.
  • Advanced Standing Admission
    Graduates of CoARC accredited, associate degree programs in respiratory therapy at a regionally accredited college or university are eligible to apply for advanced standing in the respiratory therapy baccalaureate degree program.