Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy Profession

Respiratory care is a specialized health profession focused on the diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. The practice includes the administration of gas mixtures by various devices, application of mechanical ventilators to assist or control breathing, maintenance of airways, administration of drugs by inhalation, assistance with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, monitoring of heart and lung functions of critically ill patients, the evaluation of patients in the cardiopulmonary laboratories, and education of patients and their families about lung disease and ways to maximize their recovery. Respiratory Care Practitioners, also called Respiratory Therapists, work at the bedside alongside physicians, nurses and other health professionals. Respiratory Therapists work in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, sleep laboratories, physician offices, patient homes, air transport and ambulance service programs to name a few.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is expected to grow 19 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than the average for all occupations. This increasing demand for respiratory therapists will come from substantial growth in the middle-aged and elderly population who tend to suffer most from respiratory ailments and cardiopulmonary diseases such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and heart disease. Growth in demand will also result from the expanding role of respiratory therapists in case management, disease prevention, emergency care, and the early detection of pulmonary disorders.

Program Information

Since 2008 Salisbury University has offered its Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG).

  • Classes at Shady Grove are taught at USG and Salisbury University via interactive video.
  • Clinical experiences are available at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital as well as other healthcare facilities.
  • As an advanced practitioner program, graduates qualify for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams.
  • SU has the only Committee on the Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC)-accredited baccalaureate respiratory therapy program in Maryland.
  • Students have access to all of USG's facilities, as well as all of Salisbury University's facilities, from the library to the gym.
  • Graduates earn a Salisbury University diploma and may participate in commencement exercises in Salisbury.


Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

The Respiratory Therapy baccalaureate program at Salisbury University (Salisbury, MD) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (  CoARC, formerly a specialized arm of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), became a freestanding accreditor of respriatory care programs as of November 12, 2009. 

Commission on Accreditation for
Respiratory Care

1248 Harwood Road

Bedford, Texas 76021-4244

(817) 283-2835


Visit their Web site: Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

Programmatic Outcomes Data:  Annual Report of Current Status



Students interested in Respiratory Therapy should declare Respiratory Therapy as their major upon application to the University.  Acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy Program is a two step process:  1.  Admission to Salisbury University and 2.  Admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program.

Admission to the University does not guarantee acceptance to the Respiratory Therapy Program.  Decisions regarding acceptance to the Respiratory Therapy Program are made during the spring semester, prior to pre-registration for fall classes.  Upon acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy Program, students are eligible to enroll in upper division Respiratory Therapy courses.

Two-Step Admission Procedure:

1.  Admission to Salisbury University

  • Click here to apply online to Salisbury University
  • All official transcripts from all previous academic institutions attended must be on file in the Salisbury University Admissions Office.
  • Ordinarily, students must have completed all general education requirements.
  • Students must hold a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or better
  • Students must hold a grade of C or better in science and math prerequisite
  • Recommended courses for transfer:  Respiratory Therapy Checklist

2.  Admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program

  • Submit the Intent to Enroll form prior to February 10th of each year along with an unofficial copy of transcript(s) to:
    Adriana Guerra, MPH, RRT
    Program Coordinator 
    Respiratory Therapy Program at Shady Grove
    Building I Room 216
    9640 Gudelsky Drive
    Rockville, Maryland 20850-3480

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates for programs offered at USG are those of the degree-granting institution. Financial aid is awarded by the institution offering the degree program and facilitated by the USG Office of Student Services.


 1.  Attend an Information Session

  • Contact Adriana Guerra, MPH, RRT at 301-738-6334 for more information.

2.  Attend an Open House

  • Saturday, March 7, 2015 (Spring Open House)
  • Saturday, July 18, 2015 (Summer Open House)
  • Saturday, November 7, 2015 (Fall Open House)

For more information regarding Open House events, please contact Adriana Guerra at 301-738-6334.

3.  Schedule an Advising Appointment

  • The next step on your way to becoming a Respiratory Therapist is to schedule an advising appointment.  An advisor will review your unofficial transcripts with you and answer any quesitons.  To schedule an appointment, please contact Program Coordinator Adriana Guerra at 301-738-6334 or

Contact Information

For more information on the Respiratory Therapy Program at Shady Grove, please contact Adriana Guerra, Program Coordinator, at 301-738-6334 or

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