Join Health Care’s Front-Line Warriors

As the world battles COVID-19, respiratory therapists (R.T.) continue to emerge as inspiring health care heroes. Millions of people gain a newfound respect for both the profession and the people in it, as they watch these dedicated professionals fight tirelessly alongside physicians to help patients survive.

As an R.T., you help people breathe easier: those suffering from asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, lung cancer and viruses like COVID-19 that directly attack the lungs and respiratory system. Many respiratory therapists will tell you this is more than a job — it's a calling. The role demands compassion, dedication, and strong internal motivation to save and improve others’ lives.

Whether you aspire to become a R.T. or already practice and seek higher-level roles and earnings, Nova Southeastern University has the targeted respiratory therapy program to achieve your goals, including flexible online options for working R.T.s. Learn from experts in the profession, including experienced physicians and national respiratory therapy leaders.

Our profession needs more warriors! Join the R.T. ranks or soar higher as a leader and role model for others.

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The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy First-Professional program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

NSU Florida Respiratory Therapy Programs

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First Professional B.S. in Respiratory Therapy

Inspired to become a licensed R.T.? See why NSU alumni enjoy higher pass rates and employment rates — and what our program includes that most don’t.

Post Professional B.S. in Respiratory Therapy

Already a Registered Respiratory Therapist? Qualify for bigger roles and earnings, without disrupting your job: Take three courses/term (100% online) and graduate in under two years.

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Anesthesiologist Assistant Studies

The post baccalaureate certificate is uniquely designed for the prospective NSU Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA) student to strengthen their application and science background.
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R.R.T.s: Get College Credit for Your Experience

Ask us about NSU’s 45-credit prior-learning block grant for Registered Respiratory Therapists (R.R.T.). It rewards you with the credit you deserve for the experience you’ve already earned as an R.R.T. That’s 45 credits of the 120 you need for your Post Professional B.S. in Respiratory Therapy program, saving you time and money.

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Career Outcomes

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Where Do Respiratory Therapists Work?

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Skilled nursing care facilities
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • Sleep disorder centers

What Do NSU Respiratory Therapy Programs Offer That Others Don’t?

If you want to become a licensed respiratory therapist

Train in elite environments few programs can match:
  • Leading-edge labs
  • Simulation suites
Gain MORE clinical hours than most programs provide:
  • Deeper preparation to handle on-the-job challenges
  • Extra confidence as you start your new career
Choose to be a proven R.T. leader. NSU grads:
  • Receive distinguished Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success Award
  • Have 100% satisfaction (based on graduate surveys)

If you’re already a registered respiratory therapist

Earn your Bachelor’s degree while working full time:
  • Study from anywhere, at any time that’s convenient for you
  • No disruption to your job or work shift
Pursue rewarding management, research or teaching roles:
  • Explore new fields or emerging topics
  • Add the Health Care Management specialization: prepare for financial or other leadership opportunities
Save money and time: get credit for experience you’ve earned
  • Your R.R.T. credential provides a 45-credit prior-learning grant
  • Just three classes per term graduates you in less than two years
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Learn from Physicians and R.T. Leaders

Every professor has built a successful track record as a practitioner with many years of leadership experience in their field. Our faculty includes both physicians and senior R.T.s that navigate the same challenges you soon will. Just as importantly, they are caring, engaged educators, passionate about guiding the next generation of respiratory therapy leaders forward.

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