Metropolitan Community College - Respiratory Care Technology
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Respiratory Therapy


The Respiratory Therapy program, CoARC program number 200357, Associate of Applied Science, at Metropolitan Community College South Omaha campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an 'outcomes based' process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. See program Accreditation Outcomes.


  • 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 (RRT’s).


Respiratory therapists perform diagnostic procedures such as obtaining and analyzing blood gas samples, measuring lung function values and studying sleep patterns. These procedures are vital in assessing the patient's overall lung health, extent of disease progression and the development and implementation of a medical care plan. Respiratory therapists provide many direct-care therapy modalities including the administration of oxygen, inhaled medications, initiation and management of invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation, chest percussion, airway clearance and artificial airway placement and maintenance. Respiratory therapists also provide valuable clinical educational information on smoking cessation, home administration of medications and therapies and maintenance of personal respiratory therapy equipment.

Be an RT


To find out, you should ask yourself: Would I like to work with people of all ages? Do I like to apply practical knowledge in a variety of situations? Am I good in the sciences? Am I flexible and adaptable in my work habits? Can I shift my focus quickly and effectively? Would I like to have a job that keeps me active? Do I have a creative and analytical approach to problem solving?

Upon admission to the Respiratory Therapy program, the college is required to obtain background and criminal record reports. All clinical facilities require completed criminal background checks prior to allowing students to care for their patients. Students refused access to clinical agencies based on criminal history will jeopardize their continuation in the program. In addition, all students will be required to submit to drug screening and complete a student medical form, which includes a physical examination and documentation of required immunizations.


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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase faster than average over the next decade. Older patients tend to suffer the most from respiratory conditions like pneumonia and COPD and often have respiratory complications due to heart disease and other common diseases of aging. While U.S. employment in general is forecast to increase 15 percent, the need for respiratory therapists is expected to grow by up to 26 percent.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2018 the mean income of respiratory therapists nationwide was $62,500. The top-paying industries for respiratory therapists are local government (excluding hospitals and schools) and outpatient care centers, where workers made annual mean wages of $77,380 and $76,000, respectively.*

*These and other statistics can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.


  • Respiratory Therapy (RTAAS) - Associate in Applied Science, prepares students to take the registry examination in respiratory care administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

  • The Respiratory Therapy program requires a full-time commitment for the student for seven academic quarters. Classes, laboratories and clinic practicums are completed during the daytime hours on a Monday to Friday basis.

  • Respiratory Therapy Application Packet

    NOTE: For accommodations concerning the application above, please contact our Disability Support Services.


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