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The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Degree Program at Upstate is for students who want to become respiratory therapists and earn the credential of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

The program accepts 20 students each year.

Graduates are eligible to take both Entry Level and Advanced Practitioner Examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc., passage of which meets the licensure requirements in all states including New York.

The 21 month Bachelor of Science program prepares the student for entry-level as well as advanced level practice. The coursework is designed specifically to help prepare respiratory therapists to become not only excellent bedside respiratory therapists who are prepared to work in a wide variety of Respiratory Care specialties but also leaders in education, management and research - one of the distinct and measurable advantages of a bachelor's degree vs. an associate's degree.

Our program has a long tradition of producing excellent respiratory therapists who have superb critical thinking and bedside care skills who are highly valued by employers across the United States. This tradition continues through an ever-evolving, cutting-edge curriculum and collegial mentoring with our program faculty as well as other college and campus faculty.

Upstate provides a very high quality education through valuable experiences & opportunities through our expert faculty, state-of-the-art equipment and classrooms, and excellent clinical experience through our many exceptional clinical rotations. Program graduates continue to be promoted to and thrive in such leadership positions as:

• inservice educational coordinators in hospital service departments
• staff supervisors/coordinators
• directors of hospital service departments, home care companies and sleep laboratories
• managers and educators in home care and alternative care institutions
• faculty in respiratory care educational programs
• clinical instructors/preceptors in various clinical settings
• hospital administrators at the presidential and vice-presidential levels
• cardiopulmonary and pharmaceutical research coordinators
• medical company education specialists


The Department of Respiratory Therapy Education in the College of Health Professions at SUNY Upstate Medical University, granting the Bachelor of Science Degree in Respiratory Care, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory CareExternal Link Icon External Icon

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835

For information on individual state licensing requirements, please visit the State Licensing Requirements page. 

Program Outcome Data

Their Programmatic Outcomes Data External Link IconExternal Icon page allows anyone to see how our graduates have performed as a group on the entry-level (CRT) and advanced practitioner (RRT) examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) which awards these credentials to those who successfully pass these exams. These credentials, in turn, qualify graduate therapists for state licensure throughout the U.S.


Helpful links from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC):