BS in Respiratory Care

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Most people take breathing for granted. It's second nature, an involuntary reflex. But for thousands of Americans who suffer from breathing problems, each breath is a major accomplishment.

Treat patients with chronic lung problems

  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • emphysema
  • heart attack victims
  • accident victims
  • premature infants
  • people with cystic fibrosis
  • people with lung cancer
  • people with AIDS

In each case, the person will most likely receive treatment from a respiratory care practitioner under the direction of a physician.

Work to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders

Respiratory care practitioners are members of the health care team that provide treatment for patients with heart and lung disorders. Tasks include:

  • application of sophisticated life support mechanic ventilation to premature infants with under developed lungs
  • giving oxygen and drugs to children with asthma
  • measuring lung capacity for individuals with emphysema
  • Handling a variance in level of illness and setting of patients, from the emergeny room to the patient's home
  • Balancing interpersonal skills with work in science and technology  

Be a vital part of the health care team

Respiratory care practitioners are a vital part of the health care team and work in a variety of clinical settings including:

  • critical care
  • home care
  • rehabilitation
  • diagnostics
  • subacute care

Operating in conjunction with other members of the team, such as doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, you help make the decision concerning the patient's welfare.

To find out even more information about this field visit the American Association for Respiratory Care.

THE PRIORITY DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM IS FEB. 15 OF EACH YEAR.  For more information on applying, including required prerequisite courses, please click on Admission Procedure & Eligibility link at left.

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The NKU Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Where is Melanie Cundiff?

Melanie Cundiff could go anywhere today, even as far away as Alaska.

She is a respiratory therapist on the transport team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the faculty member in the respiratory care program at Northern Kentucky University’s College of Health Professions “wouldn't trade if for the world.”

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