Program Information

Educational Objective

The program consists of three years (Biology majors) or two years (Allied Health Majors) study at Millersville followed by a 19-month professional education/training phase cosponsored by the Lancaster Regional Medical Center. At the conclusion of their studies, students are awarded the BS in Biology, Respiratory Therapy Option, or BS in Allied Health Technologies depending on which curriculum is chosen.  They are immediately eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Certification Examination (CRT), and subsequently, the Advanced Practice Registry Examination (RRT). Persons already holding baccalaureate degrees may apply for admission into the professional phase of the program as certification students.

Program Goals

"To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).”  
"To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content that includes objectives related to acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research, AND/OR advanced clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization.”


Students are encouraged to begin seeking a position three months prior to graduation. Never has a graduate of this program been unsuccessful in securing employment following graduation. Often they have several offers from which to choose.

Our last class that graduated reported that their anticipated first-year earnings ranged from $42,312 to $69,907 with a mean salary of $53,012.

Credentialing Exams

There are two exams for respiratory care practitioners. The first is the Entry Level Exam (CRT), which is taken within a few days of graduation. Graduates of all programs take this exam, which also serves as the state-licensing exam. Although the national first time pass rate is 79 %, it is a very rare occurrence for a MU graduate not to pass.

The Advanced Practitioner Exam (RRT) is taken by graduates from advanced-level programs that have successfully completed the CRT Exam. This two-part exam is passed by approximately 44% of first-time candidates nationally. Sixty-five to 100% of Millersville University graduates have passed this exam on their first attempt depending on the year and those who failed their first attempt have gone on to pass it on their next attempt. This credentialing success rate is among the highest in the country.

More information

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