Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care is a health care profession that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with heart, lung and sleep disorders.   Respiratory Therapists (RTs) practice under physician direction and provide respiratory care diagnostic procedures and therapeutic treatments for a wide variety of patients, from premature infants to the elderly. RTs provide services in many settings including hospitals, clinics, physician offices, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. Many are also taking advantage of opportunities in diagnostic sleep labs, cardiac catheterization labs, in-home health care, and both medical equipment and pharmaceutical sales.  Individuals who graduate from the program are employed as clinicians, managers, educators, and researchers.

The Respiratory Care Program offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care.  Eligible senior students may also receive advanced training in sleep technology as part of the Polysomnography Specialty Option, leading to a certificate of completion in Polysomnography.

The Stony Brook University Respiratory Care Program (CoARC # 200134) and Polysomnography Specialty Option (CoARC # 400134) are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas, 76021-4244, (817)-283-2835. The Respiratory Care Program is also an education program approved by the New York State Department of Education.