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Studying Respiratory Therapy at Weber State

Weber State is among the few universities to offer a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy, preparing students to care for patients and save lives as certified respiratory therapists.

Respiratory Therapy Highlights

Weber State is the country’s largest baccalaureate school for respiratory therapy. While other programs only offer an associate’s degree, an increasing number of employers are looking for candidates with a bachelor’s degree.

Weber State offers respiratory therapy courses in three locations:

  • Weber State University’s main campus in Ogden
  • Weber State University Davis in Layton
  • Salt Lake City

Beyond the Classroom

As a respiratory therapy major, you’ll gain practical experience in caring for patients through internships with hospitals and clinics across the Wasatch Front.

You can also participate in Weber State’s annual study abroad trip to Ghana, where you’ll gain experience as a healthcare provider and learn side by side with local practitioners.

Pamela Barney

Class of 2003

“The respiratory therapy program at Weber State has been instrumental in my life and the lives of thousands that I have cared for over the course of my career. It has given me the opportunity to work, but also be a ‘mostly’ stay-at-home mom. Now, as my kids are older, it is allowing me to further advance my career by obtaining my master’s degree. Best decision ever!”

What You’ll Learn at Weber

Weber State’s respiratory therapy courses focus on:

  • Diseases of the heart and lungs
  • Equipment used in respiratory therapy
  • Drugs as therapeutic agents
  • Administration of medical gases
  • Artificial ventilation techniques
  • Diagnostic procedures
  • Life support
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

You’ll also learn to treat patients facing a wide range of respiratory conditions, including:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Pneumonia

What You Can Do after Weber

Weber State’s respiratory therapy program prepares you to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Once certified, graduates find careers in:

  • Newborn intensive care
  • Adult critical care
  • Emergency rooms
  • Air and ground transport
  • Sleep medicine

Upon graduation, you can transition into Weber State’s Master of Science in Respiratory Therapy or enter graduate studies in another medical field.

 

 

Career & Salary Outlook

Recent graduates of Weber State’s respiratory therapy program have an average starting salary of $54,000, and a 100% job placement rate.

Common careers for respiratory therapy
graduates in the U.S. and Utah

Descriptions, job outlook, salary information and more ... 
(Source: utahfutures.org)

Faculty Perspective

  • Janelle Gardiner

    “We spend a lot of time together in our program. In fact, we often say we become like family. The program is pretty intense, but we are determined to get through it together. I’m fully committed to helping my students succeed.”

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