Respiratory Therapy (B.S.)

What is Respiratory Therapy?

Respiratory Therapy is a specialized health care field where practitioners are trained in pulmonary medicine in order to work therapeutically with people suffering from pulmonary disease1

Why Study Respiratory Therapy?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 19% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in the middle-aged and elderly population will lead to an increased rate of respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia.

And, the coronavirus has demonstrated that respiratory therapists are frontline workers and play a critical role in treating Covid-19 positive patients. Their expertise ranges from assessing blood gases and assisting with intubations and bronchoscopies to ventilator management.

Find Your Path

UNC Wilmington's Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) program offers two ways to complete a bachelor's degree. One is designed for students who are pursuing an initial bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy.

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The other is tailored to registered respiratory therapists (RRT) who would like to advance their careers and academic credentials. This degree advancement program is offered in an online accelerated program (OAP) format.

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The Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington was created and approved by the North Carolina Board of Governors in 2019. The program will accept its inaugural class in the Fall of 2021. The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care has affirmed the letter of intent and we are pursuing provisional accreditation in advance of the 2021 inaugural class. The University of North Carolina Wilmington is currently in the process of seeking CoARC accreditation for a respiratory care program. However, University of North Carolina Wilmington can provide no assurance that accreditation will be granted by the CoARC.

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