Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy or B.Sc. in Respiratory Therapy is a 3 years undergraduate degree in engineering. Candidates need to pass HSC or 10+2 (Medical) pass or equivalent as a minimum eligibility criterion for the course.
Admission to the course is entrance exam based. JEE Main, BITSAT, COMEDK are some such entrance exams conducted for admission to the course.
Respiratory Therapy is a relatively new branch of Allied Health Sciences and a profession devoted to the scientific application of technology in order to assist in the diagnosis, treatment, management and care of patients with cardiopulmonary and associated diseases.
The average annual course fee charged by some of the colleges ranges between INR 3 to 8 lacs. However, successful graduates of the course are offered salaries somewhere between INR 2 lacs to 20 lacs.
Mentioned below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Under graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||10+2 or equivalent|
|Admission Process||Counselling after taking entrance test or direct admission|
|Major Entrance Tests||JEE Main, BITSAT, COMEDK, VITEEE, SRMJEEE, UPSEE|
|Course Fee||INR 3,000 to 8,00,000 Lakh|
|Average Starting salary||INR 2 Lacs to 20 Lacs|
|Employment Areas||Academic Institutes, Hospitals and others such|
|Job Profiles||Respiratory therapist, Clinical Application Specialist, Product Manager, District Manager etc.|
Respiratory therapists work with doctors and other healthcare professionals to evaluate, treat and care for patients who have breathing and other cardiopulmonary disorders. They also perform diagnostic tests and limited physical examination.
Respiratory therapy programs teach students to diagnose and treat cardiopulmonary problems and to help patients maintain their cardiopulmonary health.
Respiratory therapy curricula typically cover coursework related to the health, function and treatment of the heart and lungs. Completion of clinical practice hours is often part of the degree requirements.
Mentioned below is a list of top institutes offering the course along with their location and average annual course fees.
|College Name||City/State||Average Annual Fees|
|AIMS||Kochi||INR 3,085 P.A|
|SIHS||Pune||INR 1,45,000 P.A|
|NRI Academy of sciences||Guntur||INR 8,75,000 P.A|
|Amrita center for allied health science||Kochi||INR 1,00,000 P.A|
|Manipal school of allied health science||Manipal||INR 1,15,333 P.A|
|Jss university||Mysore||INR 1,61,533 P.A|
|KMCH Institute of allied health science||Coimbatore||INR 15,500 P.A|
Eligibility for Examination Pathway admissions through UPESEAT (Up to 80% of Seats)
Eligibility for Non Examination Pathway – admissions through Board Merit / JEE Mains Score (Up to 20% of Seats.
Admission to B.Sc. in Respiratory Therapy is done through University level counselling based on score obtained in UPES Engineering Aptitude Test(UPESEAT)
Remaining 20% seats are filled by marks obtained in 10+2 or rank obtained in JEE-Mains –
For Board Merit: Minimum 80% marks at Higher & Senior Secondary level (10th & 12th) and minimum 80% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics at Senior Secondary level (12th class)
For JEE Mains Merit: Minimum 60% marks at Higher & Senior Secondary level (10th & 12th) and minimum 60% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics at Senior Secondary level (12th class)
A year-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus has been mentioned below.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Human Anatomy||Medicine relevant to respiratory technology||Respiratory technology-clinical|
|Physiology||Applied pathology||Respiratory technology-applied|
|Biochemistry||Applied pharmacology||Respiratory technology-advanced|
|Pathology||Introduction to respiratory technology||-|
Trained respiratory therapy professionals have ample opportunities in the healthcare industry. They can find jobs in the various departments of hospitals such as Respiratory care, Anaesthesiology and Pulmonary Medicine.
Respiratory therapists are mostly appointed in Intensive care units, emergency departments, Operating rooms, Neonatal nurseries and critical care teams in hospitals. Nursing homes, clinics and health care centres, pulmonary rehab centres, pulmonary function testing labs also offer openings for respiratory therapists. They may also be employed in non-hospital environments like wellness centres, diagnostic laboratories, educational institutions etc.
Respiratory Therapy graduates can start their career as Junior Respiratory Therapists in hospitals or other public or private health care centres. They can also work in offices of physicians or other health practitioners, nursing care facilities and home healthcare services.
Those who enjoy teaching can make a successful career in a faculty position at a school of respiratory therapy or as a clinical education coordinator for a hospital or other respiratory therapy department.
Some of these professionals may also work as aesthesia assistants or per fusionists. Interested persons can make their career in medical equipment sales and marketing in consumer-goods rental firms that supply respiratory equipment for home use.
|Job profile||Job Description||Average Annual Fees|
|Respiratory therapist||Respiratory therapists are responsible for performing bronchopulmonary drainage, assisting with breathing exercises, monitoring physiological responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, and blood chemistry changes.||INR 2,40,000|
|Clinical application therapist||Clinical application therapists are responsible for counselling individuals or groups regarding psychological or emotional problems such as stress, substance abuse, or family situations using evaluative techniques, and develops and implements therapeutic treatment plan in medical setting.||INR 4,00,000|
|Product manager||Product managers are responsible for developing products by identifying potential products, conducting marketing research, generating product requirements, determining specifications, production time tables, pricing and time integrated plans for product introduction.||INR 15,00,000|
|Manager, medical sciences||Manager at medical science is responsible for conducting studies that investigate human diseases and methods of preventive care and treatment of diseases. They also develop instruments for medical applications.||INR 3,00,000|
|Consultant pulmonologist||Consultant pulmonologists are responsible for specializing in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions and diseases that affect the lungs and bronchial tubes and the respiratory system including the nose, pharynx, and throat. They also called as respiratory physicians.||INR 2,94,000|
|Product trainer||Product trainers are responsible for monitoring, evaluating and recording training activities or program effectiveness. Obtaining, organising, or developing training manuals, guides, or course materials such as handwritten or visual materials.||INR 6,66,000|