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Please note: Salisbury University announces the new College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), which contains three schools: Health Sciences, Nursing and Social Work. We will move to the new Health Sciences School in CHHS beginning July 1, 2018. Updates to our website to reflect the new academic structure are in progress. Please pardon any inconvenience or confusion.
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The Department of Health Sciences offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy, preparing highly trained health care practitioners who administer care to patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system.
Respiratory care is both a diagnostic and therapeutic specialty using specialized equipment and technological procedures. The practice includes the administration of gas mixtures by various appliances, 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, and evaluation of patients in the cardiopulmonary laboratories.