Upstate News

June 25, 2009
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate offers respiratory therapy courses at Jefferson Community College

SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse is accepting applications now for its bachelor’s degree program in respiratory therapy to be offered for the first time at Jefferson Community College.

Classes begin Aug. 24 and will be taught at JCC by Upstate faculty from Syracuse using “smart classroom” technology. As part of the program, students will participate in direct patient care opportunities at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown.

For more information or to request an application, contact Donna Vavonese at 315-464-4570 or visit the Web site at Financial aid is available.

The two-year degree program is ideal for students who have completed two years of college or who have earned 60 or more college credits. The program is also suitable for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in another field.

While careers in health care are strong, the outlook for respiratory therapy is particularly robust. The Department of Labor reports that the need for respiratory therapists is expected to continue to grow, and that the average annual salary is $56,930.

A recent poll by the American Association of Respiratory Care ranked Upstate Medical University’s program as one of the nation’s top three bachelor’s degree programs in respiratory therapy.

Respiratory therapists provide evaluation and treatment of patients of all ages who have breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders,

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