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Respiratory Care Program graduates: Where are they now?

Advancement opportunities for respiratory therapists

Respiratory care is a professionally and personally rewarding career with a balanced blend of technology and patient interaction.

Earning a bachelor's degree in respiratory care can open the door to multiple opportunities ranging from education or management to research, pharmaceutical sales or advanced clinical practice. Mayo Clinic graduates commonly secure meaningful careers as respiratory therapists at Mayo Clinic and are highly sought after from other institutions around the country.

Mayo graduates have gone on to become disease managers, diagnostic specialist, transport therapists and neonatal/pediatric therapists.

You could also choose to: 

  • Become an educator in an academic or clinical setting
  • Conduct clinical studies on a research team
  • Specialize in home care
  • Work as a product or marketing specialist for a corporate equipment manufacturing company
  • Advance your practice and become a physician assistant or physician