Granted By: Indiana University
Academic Unit: IU School of Medicine
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science
Overview: Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat patients with cardiopulmonary disorders and are actively involved in health promotion and disease prevention. They care for all types of patients, from the premature infant to the extremely old, and practice in a variety of settings, ranging from patients homes to the highest level of critical care units. Students in the respiratory therapy major will learn diagnostic procedures ranging from physical examination to the use of highly sophisticated computerized equipment. Patient treatment skills will include everything from the administration of inhaled medications to maintaining critically ill patients on ventilators. The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy will provide graduates with the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that they will need to be successful in their careers.