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Respiratory Therapy Major

Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat patients with cardiopulmonary disorders, and are actively involved in health promotion and disease prevention. They care for all sorts of patients, from the premature infant to the extremely old, and practice in a variety of settings, ranging from patients' homes to the highest level of critical care units.

Following a carefully planned sequence of classroom and laboratory instruction, as well as supervised clinical practice, students in this major will learn the skills needed to be successful as a respiratory therapist. They will learn diagnostic procedures ranging from physical examination to the use of highly sophisticated computerized equipment. Patient treatment skills will include everything from the administration of medical gases and inhaled medications to maintaining critically ill patients on ventilators. Students will also develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that will enable them to be effective in the education and rehabilitation of their patients.

Overview of the program

UIndy is one of three central Indiana affiliates to join IU Health in the Indiana Respiratory Therapy Education Consortium to offer a four-year bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy. The program has two components. The first (General Studies) component is completed on the University of Indianapolis campus. The second (Professional Studies) is offered at nearby IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with additional clinical experiences at sites throughout central Indiana.

Professional Studies admission and selection

Students may enter the General Studies component upon admission to UIndy; however, admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Professional Studies component of the program. Coursework at UIndy consists of general education and prerequisite courses that build core knowledge in anatomy, math, physics and chemistry. A curriculum guide and checklist can be found in the application packet and online. Students may apply for admission to the Professional Studies portion of the program when the following requirements are met:

  • 28 hours of required courses are completed
  • 10 of these completed hours are in required math/science courses
  • "C" or better in required math/science courses
  • 2.5 overall GPA
  • Completion and documentation of at least three hours of clinical observation

Students declaring the respiratory therapy major will receive specialized advising within the Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA) and from experienced Department of Biology faculty advisors.


Application packets can be downloaded from this page or may be obtained from faculty advisors. The application deadline is 4 p.m. on the first business day of January of each year for admission to the Professional Studies component the following August. The application and supporting materials must be received in the Department of Biology office (Lilly Science Hall 102) at that time.

All applications must include:

  1. A completed application form
  2. A current UIndy transcript with fall semester grades and registration for the following semester
  3. Official transcripts from all other colleges and universities attended
  4. Completed and signed documentation of clinical observation


Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule a required interview with the program faculty in Indianapolis. The ability to communicate with patients in a clinical setting using English will also be assessed during the interview. Students who cannot communicate effectively will not be admitted to the Professional Studies component.

Due to the limited number of clinical spaces available, not all students meeting the minimum admission requirements will be admitted. Qualified applicants will be ranked based on their cumulative GPA. All undergraduate college credit attempted will be included in the computation of the GPA, including all attempted transfer hours.

Initial acceptance to the program is conditional. All program prerequisites must be completed by August 1 to the original admission standards (2.5 overall GPA and "C" or better in math/science courses) to begin the Professional Studies component of the program at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

Program accreditation

The Indiana Respiratory Therapy Education Consortium, which grants a bachelor's degree along with Indiana University, Ball State University, or the University of Indianapolis, is located in Indianapolis. The program director is:

Janice Johnson, M.S., RRT-NPS, AE-C
Program Director
Indiana Respiratory Therapy Education Consortium
1701 N. Senate Blvd./WH 631
Indianapolis, IN 46202

The 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

See outcomes data for the program ►

Graduates of the program receive a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy, and are eligible to take the credentialing examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Successful completion of each examination allows the graduate to use credentials recognized throughout the nation.

Graduates are also eligible to take licensing examinations required in most states. Those states, including Indiana, which require licensure as part of their credentialing process use the examinations offered by the NBRC.

Persons who have been convicted of a crime may wish to contact the program director prior to entering the program to determine if they will be permitted to take the licensing examination upon completion of the bachelor's degree.

For more information about the bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy, contact the University of Indianapolis Biology Department.

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as a 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 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.