Respiratory Care

What kind of work do respiratory therapists do?

Does this sound like you? Browse some of the links below to learn more about our program – then visit us to observe respiratory therapists at work, speak with professional therapists, faculty and students, visit our classrooms and labs – to better understand the Brookdale program and career requirements.

What’s the employment outlook?

Job opportunities are expected to to be very good, especially for those with cardiopulmonary care skills. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than average for all occupations.

New Jersey is in the top five states for both earnings and employment.

In May 2016 the median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $60,640. (The median wage is the wage at which half the workers earn more than that amount, and half earn less.) The lowest 10 percent earned below $42,490, and the top 10 percent earned more than $81,550.

Read the full report here.


Any questions about entering Brookdale’s Respiratory Care program may be addressed to Health Science Admissions at

If you have specific questions about the field or would like to arrange a visit to observe a professional in a local hospital, please contact Carol Schedel at 732-224-2692 or

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This program is accredited by CoARC, the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 264 Precision Blvd, Telford, Texas 37690 (Phone 817-283-2835). Program outcomes are available at


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