Respiratory Care

Respiratory care professionals treat patients who exhibit a range of diverse health issues including asthma, pneumonia, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer as well as those who are having respiratory problems related to trauma, strokes, heart attacks, and premature birth.

Through classroom, laboratory and diverse clinical site practicum, students develop the necessary health care knowledge, bedside skills and problem-solving abilities to serve the health needs of patients from newborns to the elderly. They are prepared to manage both acute and chronic diseases that affect the cardiopulmonary system as well as trauma, sub-acute disease, and public health issues from asthma to tuberculosis.

The four-year B.S. in Respiratory Care (also known as Respiratory Therapy), is designed to provide students with educational and clinical competence. It emphasizes comprehension, versatility and advanced clinical knowledge. The two-year, Pre-Professional Phase of the program consists of preparation in the basic sciences and in mathematics as well as the humanities and social sciences, providing students with a broad-based, liberal arts foundation.

During the Professional Phase of the program – usually years 3 and 4 – students are engaged in the theoretical, practical and clinical aspects of adult, pediatric and neonatal respiratory care. They gain an in-depth knowledge of clinical science and its application in health care.

Graduates of LIU Brooklyn’s four-year B.S. in Respiratory Care program are eligible to take the credentialing exams set forth by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) ( To earn respiratory therapy credential necessary for state licensure graduates are required to take the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) examination. The TMC examination determines whether the credential earned will be a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) at the low cut score or earns the eligibility to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) when the high cut score is attained. RRT candidates who have earned the high cut score on the TMC must successfully pass the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) through the NBRC to be recognized as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). The CRT and the RRT are used for all therapists wishing to practice under licensure with the Office of Professions in New York State (

Long Island University is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education Accreditation located at 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, Telephone: (267) 284–5000,

The BS in Respiratory Care at LIU Brooklyn (#200205) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( CoARC outcomes data can be found here.

Check out the Student Outcome Report along with the Employment Status for more insights.

Admissions Requirements


All applicants must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at MyLIU or use the Apply Now link in the top navigation bar. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions Web site.
  • High School and transfer students must begin the application process through the Office of Admissions.
  • LIU students with GPA and math/science grades meeting requirements only require a change of major at any time during their university career.
  • Applications to the professional phase course work must be completed not later than June 1st of the year prior to the start of the professional courses.
  • LIU students who require second summer session course(s) for Respiratory Care prerequisite(s) will be placed on a waiting list until the grades are posted.
  • Transfer students enrolling in the program's full-time course of study must have all pre-requisite courses completed by July 6th for admission into the professional Respiratory Care courses each Fall.


Pre-requisite courses required for both LIU students and transfer students with either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree:

 Course   LIU Nomenclature 
 Lab Required
Microbioogy   BIO 101 Yes 4
Human Anatomy  BIO 137 or 131 Yes 4
Human Physiology  BIO 138 or 132 Yes 4
Chemistry  CHE 1 or 2 Yes 4
Physics or
PHY 20, 27, 30, or 31
CHE 2 or 4
Yes 4
Algebra  MTH 15 or 16 N/A 3
Biology BIO 1 or 3  Yes 4
Biology  BIO 2 or 4 Yes 4


A candidate for Respiratory Care must have sufficient emotional health to fully use his or her intellectual ability, to exercise good judgment, to complete all responsibilities, and to attend to patients' care. A candidate must be able to develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and colleagues. A candidate must be able to tolerate physical and emotional stress and continue to function effectively. A candidate must possess qualities of adaptability, flexibility and be able to function in the face of uncertainty. He/she must have a high level of compassion for others, motivation to serve, integrity and a consciousness of social values. A candidate must possess sufficient interpersonal skills to interact positively with people from all levels of society, all ethnic backgrounds and all belief systems.

Degree Requirements

Continued enrollment in this program is contingent upon:

  • A 2.5 grade-point average for acceptance into the Professional Phase of the program. (Grades below a C+ are not acceptable in prerequisite science and mathematics courses; neither are such grades acceptable in Professional Phase courses).
  • A 2.75 grade-point average each semester and maintaining of at least a C+ in all courses throughout the Professional Phase.

Respiratory Care courses being taken in the required sequence, however, matriculated students are permitted to take professional Respiratory Care courses part-time, and must complete all professional courses within three (3) academic years.

Credentialing Examinations

All students who successfully complete all preprofessional and professional courses and have fulfilled all baccalaureate degree requirements are eligible for both the entry-level certification (Certified Respiratory Therapist) and the advanced registry credentialing examinations (Written Registry and Clinical Simulation examinations) as set forth by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Qualified students will be permitted to take the Entry Level CRT Examination 30 days prior to graduation. The NBRC (CRT) entry-level examination is recognized by all states that require licensing of respiratory care professionals. Note that a state licensing board may deny a license to practice Respiratory Care based upon a criminal background check.

Service Learning

Contribute to the well being of the community while earning practical experience through the Brenda Pillors Athsma Education Program and the LIU Brooklyn Health and Wellness Institute.

Why Study Respiratory Care at LIU Brooklyn?

  • Ours is the only Baccalaureate respiratory care program in the NY-Metro area.
  • A recipient of the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award for over five years! This award is given to programs with RRT credentialing success of 90% or above and meeting the established CoARC thresholds for CRT credentialing success, retention, on-time graduation rate, and overall employer and graduate satisfaction.
  • With the most health care programs in the region, you'll build interdisciplinary skills that will help you excel in a wide variety of professional environments.


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