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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 at the main campus in Syracuse and up to eight students each year at the Distance Learning site in Binghamton.

Graduates are eligible to take 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 students for entry-level as well as advanced-level practice. The coursework is designed specifically to help prepare respiratory therapists to become excellent bedside respiratory therapists, prepared to work in a wide variety of Respiratory Care specialties, and also leaders in management, education and research — distinct and measurable advantages of a Bachelor's Degree vs. an Associates Degree.

The College of Health Profession’s program has a long tradition of producing excellent respiratory therapists with 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 and affiliate-organization staff.

Upstate Medical University provides a high quality education through valuable experiences as well as opportunities through our expert faculty, state-of-the-art equipment and classrooms, and excellent clinical experience through our many exceptional clinical affiliates.

Program graduates thrive in leadership positions including:

  • educational specialists in hospitals, home care, alternative care, and medical device companies
  • staff supervisors and coordinators
  • directors and mangers of hospital departments, home care companies, alternative care sites and sleep laboratories
  • 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

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