Cardiopulmonary Sciences Degrees
The Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences offers two degree options that prepare students to sit for national board exams and obtain a state license to practice as a respiratory care practitioner (respiratory therapist). The American Association for Respiratory Care has recommended a bachelor’s degree or higher as the minimum education for entry to the profession.
Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care
The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care program provides a broad education experience with rare opportunities for specialized training. These include participation in the inter-professional Pediatric Pulmonary Center at Children’s of Alabama, air and ground medical transport, clinical and research activities at the Alabama Allergy and Asthma Clinic, assisting on a cardiovascular diagnostics team and working with clinical trial managers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Lung Health Center.
Master of Science in Respiratory Care
The Master of Science in Respiratory Care program provides the clinical experiences of the bachelor’s program plus additional clinical hours that allow more intentional interaction with physician specialists. The master’s program is especially attractive for those students who already have a bachelor’s degree in some field and would like to earn a higher degree rather than a second bachelor’s degree.