Respiratory Therapy


College of Health Professions


Bachelor of Science


Center City


Hybrid (Online and On Campus)


2 Years

This academic program is not accepting applications and is pending Jefferson Academic Committee Approval (October 24, 2022). 

Respiratory therapists diagnose and treat patients with lung and heart problems. They administer medications, manage airways and perform cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. ​Respiratory therapists play a critical role in healthcare and work in emergency rooms, intensive care units, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, and even sleep centers.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Manage ventilators
  • Assess lung capacity
  • Perform diagnostic tests
  • Develop and implement treatment plans
  • Monitor and record progress of treatment plan
  • Educate patients about diseases and their treatments

Respiratory Therapy is a health profession in demand. According to BLS, Respiratory Therapists (RTs) have an overall growth rate of 23% (much faster than average). The national salary range is between $65,687 and $78,591.

The national demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic created an acute shortage of RTs. This proposed program is in collaboration with National Jewish Health, the leading hospital for respiratory care in the United States.  

Program Overview

Jefferson College of Health Professions, in collaboration with National Jewish Health in Denver, plans to offer the following respiratory therapy programs starting in Fall 2023:

Entry into Practice BS in Respiratory Therapy

The Entry into Practice BSRT program consists of:

  • 60 credits of general education and core competency requirements that students can complete at Jefferson or transfer from a regionally accredited institution. 
  • 60 credits of major respiratory therapy foundational courses.
  • All didactic coursework will be fully online.
  • Clinical and Lab experiences will be completed at local affiliated institutions in either the Philadelphia-metro and Denver-metro areas.

Degree Advancement BS in Respiratory Therapy - RRT to BSRT

The Degree Advancement program allows licensed Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) who have completed an Associate degree in Respiratory Therapy from an accredited CoARC program to earn a BS in Respiratory Therapy program. The program consists of:

  • Up to 80 transfer credits including at least 40 credits of General Education courses completed at a regionally accredited institution.
  • 40 credits of respiratory therapy advanced courses and electives.
  • All didactic coursework will be fully online.

Accreditation Status

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program at Thomas Jefferson University is currently pursuing accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). CoARC has voted on and accepted our application for provisional accreditation and we received the initial Approval of Intent in July 2020. However, Jefferson can provide no assurance that accreditation will be granted by the CoARC.