Respiratory Therapy

Department of Biology

Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapists work with patients who have trouble breathing, whether due to a chronic condition or emergency situation, from diagnosis and immediate care to long-term treatment and rehabilitiation. As a specialized healthcare practictioner, you might find yourself working with patients of all ages in intensive care units, home-health care, or outpatient clinics.

UIndy is one of three cental Indiana affiliates to join IU Health in the Indiana Respiratory Therapy Education Consortium to offer a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy. Once you have completed all necessary prerequisites at UIndy, your home institution, you will apply for full acceptance to the program to complete two years of professional respiratory therapy courses at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. The structure and competitive nature of the program is designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed to pass certification exams and start your career.

Program strengths

  • The program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation on Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • UIndy holds 10 out of 30 student slots in the Indiana Respiratory Therapy Education Consortium
  • You learn specialized knowledge in respiratory therapy from professionals at IU Health Methodist Hospital (downtown Indianapolis)

Core prerequisites

During your freshman and sophomore years at UIndy, you’ll take general education and prerequisite courses, building core knowledge in anatomy, math, physics and chemistry. You will be required to apply for official acceptance to the clinical phase of the program by Jan. 1 of your sophomore year.

Selective admission

This is an intensive program, accepting a maximum of 10 students each year. If admitted, you will spend your junior and senior years at IU Health, completing respiratory therapy courses and professional training. An overall GPA of 2.5 is required for admission, along with completion of the general education core and required math and science courses.


Upon completion of the program, you will receive a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therpay and will be eligible to sit for the CRT (Certified Respiratory Therapist) exam to become a licensed respiratory therapist. Additional exams allow you the opportunity to become a registered respiratory therapist, often leading to more job opportunities and higher income potential.

Pre-respiratory therapy might be for you if:

  • You want to become a respiratory therapist but also want a four-year college degree
  • You want to be fully prepared to take and pass certification exams
  • You want to work in the medical field without having to go to medical school

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as a pre-respiratory therapy major. The general education guide provides a list of all the classes you need in order to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The pre-respiratory therapy guide lists the classes you’ll need to take to fulfill your major’s requirements. Be sure to take a look at both guides in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will look like at UIndy.

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