Respiratory Care Technology


The Respiratory Care Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. See program Accreditation Outcomes.

What is 'Respiratory Care Technology (RESP)'?

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.

Is it for you?

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 Care Technology 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.

Jobs and Salary expectations

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 from the most respiratory conditions like pneumonia and COPD and often have respiratory complications due to heart disease and other common disease 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.

With the demand for respiratory therapists on the rise, salaries are following suit. According to the 2009 Human Resources study from the American Association for Respiratory Care, the projected average annual earnings of respiratory therapists in the United States is $62,223. In this study, depending on the area of the country, therapists just beginning their careers reported annual earnings ranging from $42,078 to $47,297.


  • Respiratory Care Technology (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 Care Technology 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 Care Technology Application Packet

  • Technical Standards Form

Program Faculty

Candace Ryan, RRT, MHA, program director
Tim Kelly, RRT, BS, director of Clinical Education
John Detwiler, RRT, BS, instructor
Aimee Semin, RRT, BS, instructor

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