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Advantages of a Bachelor's of Science in Respiratory Care (B.S.R.C.)

Less than ten percent of respiratory therapists in the U.S. have a bachelor’s degree in respiratory care. This means the B.S.R.C. graduate has a tremendous advantage in the workforce, both in competing for job opportunities and for promotions. Many Texas State respiratory care graduates find themselves quickly moving up the management ranks due to their degree and specialty training.

The B.S.R.C. program at Texas State offers an opportunity to specialize in an area that is of particular interest to the respiratory care student.

Specialty areas include:

  • acute care
  • intensive care
  • pediatrics
  • neonatology
  • emergency room care
  • transplant ICU specialty
  • home care
  • extended care
  • pulmonary rehabilitation
  • diagnostic testing
  • research
  • education
  • polysomnography (sleep studies)

Although each student is trained as a “generalist” in all these areas, the area of special interest can be chosen for a specialization to begin a career in respiratory care.

Respiratory Care Overview Video: Life and Breath

This video shows the roles and responsibilities of respiratory care practitioners and includes interviews with therapists in the profession, students, and physicians. Various RC clinical settings are depicted along with the types of patients in these settings and the scope for educational requirements are also explained. Because the respiratory care profession has many subspecialty options, a brief video of several selected areas are also provided below the overview video. Enjoy!

These videos are courtesy of the American Association for Respiratory Care and can be found on their website by clicking here.


What is respiratory care all about?  Watch this video and find out!

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