Why Respiratory Therapy?
Essential members of the health care team, respiratory therapists treat patients who have trouble breathing, thereby saving and improving the quality of people's lives. Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for all respiratory therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures. They may perform diagnostic tests, administer breathing treatments, record a patient's progress and consult with physicians on continuing care.
This degree program prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of respiratory therapy. Training includes the use of equipment in a variety of patient-oriented hospital experiences. Employment opportunities exist in hospitals, clinics, home care and sales.
Graduates are eligible to take the examination leading to certification as a registered respiratory therapist sponsored by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Graduates have the opportunity to enter in-demand careers with strong earning potential.
Middle States Accreditation
In addition to the accreditation by ACEN, CCAC's Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Last Reaffirmation: 2018
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026
Respiratory Therapy, A.S. (540.1)
The Respiratory Therapy Program is a full-time program that is completed in 5 consecutive semesters. The program includes training in the use of equipment as well as a patient-oriented hospital experience. Program courses offered only at the Allegheny Campus. There are both day and evening programs available.
Take the Next Step
Applicants must show completion of high school math and chemistry with a C or better grade in addition to completing the prerequisite courses for Respiratory.
There are three prerequisite courses:
- BIO-115 Human Biology Health & Disease and Lab (also will accept BIO-161 and BIO-162: Anatomy and Physiology I and II)
- CHM-109 Introduction to Chemistry and Lab OR CHM-110 and CHM-111 - Introductory Chemistry and Lab
- MAT-108 - Intermediate Algebra
If you have college credits from another institution, you should submit to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be reviewed for potential transfer credit. Any/all equivalent courses relevant to the Respiratory Therapy Associates Degree will be applied accordingly.
The Respiratory Therapy Program is a full-time program that is completed in 5 consecutive semesters. Program courses are only offered at the Allegheny Campus.
CCAC offers both day and evening programs. The Day Program begins in the Fall Semester (End-August) and the Evening Program begins in the Summer Semester (May 2022). Applying early is recommended as this is a limited acceptance program. Applications will continue to accepted until all program seats are filled. Suggested deadlines are: January 15th for the Summer program and April 15th for the Fall program.
The current report on graduate achievement data, identified by program, is available from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) by clicking on the following link:
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