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Respiratory Therapy Program

According to U.S. News and World Report, "respiratory therapist" is rising in popularity, coming in at No. 20 on their top 100 jobs (health care category).


The Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy gives you the skills to evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders.  Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures. Therapists also provide complex therapy requiring considerable independent judgment, such as caring for patients on life support in intensive-care units of hospitals.

An associate's degree is earned with successful completion of 70 semester hours of coursework.  Graduates are eligible to take national credentialing examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which include the Certified and Registered Respiratory Therapist credentials (CRT, RRT), Certified and Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT, RPFT) and Neonatal Pediatric Specialist (NPS).

To learn more about the Respiratory Therapy Program contact the RT program secretary Becky Olmstead, 440-964-4231, to schedule an appointment (in person or over the phone) with the Program Director.

For academic advising call 440-964-4217 to schedule an appointment