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Respiratory Therapy


  • Associate in Applied Science


Program Description
The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares individuals to function as respiratory therapists. In these roles, individuals perform diagnostic testing, treatments, and management of patients with heart and lung diseases. Students will master skills in patient assessment and treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. These skills include life support, monitoring, drug administration, and treatment of patients of all ages in a variety of settings. (Note: Respiratory Therapy students should be prepared to incur additional expenses beyond tuition and college fees. These expenses may include medical examinations or vaccinations, uniforms, insurance, books and miscellaneous supplies.)

Graduates of accredited programs may be eligible to take entry-level examinations from the National Board for Respiratory Care. Therapy graduates may also take the Advanced Practitioner examination. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, education, industry, and home care.

NOTE: The Respiratory Therapy program is a limited-enrollment program. Eligible applicants are admitted on a space available basis to the program in the summer semester, provided they have met both general and program admission requirements. Individuals who are interested in the program must obtain a Respiratory Therapy Admission Information packet from the Student Development Division. Applicants must also meet with the Respiratory Therapy Program Director. Once an applicant has completed all requirements noted on the check sheet, he/she must meet with a counselor in Student Development to verify, complete and submit the Review Form.

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