Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Care Program leads to an associate of science in health science degree which may be earned in two and a half years of full-time study. After a year of prerequisite courses, selected students enter the professional phase of the program in the fall and graduate in December of the following year. Selection for admission is competitive and limited to a class of twenty.

Degrees Offered See the program-specific requirements. (PDF)

Associate of Science in Health Science in Respiratory Care

Prominent Careers

Respiratory Care is a dynamic, high-tech, high-touch allied health profession.

Respiratory therapists work under the direction of a physician and assist in the evaluation, treatment and care of patients with heart, lung and breathing disorders. These patients range in age from the premature infant to the elderly. Most respiratory therapists work in hospitals; however, an increasing number of respiratory therapists are now working in physicians’ offices, specialized care hospitals, home medical equipment companies and skilled nursing facilities.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase 19 percent through the year 2022. Nationally, respiratory therapists earn a median annual salary of $55,870. The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) website can provide additional information on the profession of respiratory care.

The most recent graduating class had a 100 percent employment rate in respiratory care.

More Information

Graduates are eligible to sit for the registry examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), leading to the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. The RRT credential is the “standard of excellence” for respiratory care professionals. Requirements for licensure in the state of Kansas are partially met by earning the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential.

Application Process

Download the latest Application Packet for Respiratory Care.

The Clinical Experience

Newman's urban setting allows for affiliation with large medical centers and smaller community hospitals, offering a wide variety of experiences.

Clinical instructors include respiratory therapists and physicians who have real world experience and knowledge of the latest advancements in pulmonary-related technology.


The Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

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

Outcomes data from the 2014 Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the CoARC website. Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Data page: