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by Nyla on June 28, 2017 · 8:00 am
As a respiratory therapist, you are on solid career ground. Respiratory therapy positions are expected to grow 23 percent between 2016 and 2026, faster than the average rate for all jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a fantastic occupational outlook for a career that usually only requires an associate’s degree to get into.
Once they’ve been in the field a while, however, most RTs will start to wonder if they should go ahead and get that four-year respiratory therapy degree. The advantages of a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy are plentiful. Let’s look at those advantages and the screening criteria to use when selecting a degree advancement program that best suits your needs.
A bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy (BSRT) gives you three distinct advantages:
1. Greater job security. It is increasingly common for employers to seek respiratory therapists with a baccalaureate degree, the BLS reports.
2. May soon be a requirement for RTs. The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) aspires for 80% of practicing respiratory therapists to have earned or to be actively working toward a bachelor’s degree by 2020. Learn more here.
3. Promotion and role change opportunities. Your advanced degree positions you to explore areas of work and responsibility that you couldn’t qualify for or consider previously. New skills and knowledge gained with a BSRT may find you pursuing possible interests in disease management, clinical specialties, research or education.
If you already have an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy and you want to move on to a bachelor’s, the next step is to analyze the programs available to you to find one that best suits your needs. Know your personal, financial and time requirements and limits on the front end of your education provider search. Then, screen programs and providers carefully for quality, fit and projected outcome.
Some important questions to consider:
Advancing your RT degree is a short-term investment of time and sacrifice for a long-term impact on your career and lifestyle. Only you can weigh the time/cost factors against the potential lifetime rewards.
If it’s time to match your ambitions with a reputable, outcome-oriented school, San Joaquin Valley College welcomes your questions. We offer an online bachelor’s degree program in respiratory therapy that’s flexible, supportive and ideal for working RRTs. 30 years of successfully training respiratory therapists make SJVC an ideal partner for your career ambitions. Call 855-667-9557 or contact us online.
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