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Respiratory Therapy Program

Be the breath of life for your patients. 


Respiratory therapists treat a range of patients, from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people with lung disease. They evaluate, monitor, and treat breathing disorders and cardiovascular problems, such as asthma and emphysema. They give patients oxygen, manage ventilators, and administer drugs to the lungs.

As a respiratory therapist, you’ll work under the direction of a physician in this growing field. You’ll find employment in a variety of settings, including:

  • Acute/critical care hospitals
  • Extended care facilities
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Private physicians' offices
  • Sleep studies
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Equipment sales


How to Apply

The Respiratory Therapy application window is from May 1st – June 30th at 11:59 p.m. Please visit this site for required documentation and the link to apply. Note: the link will go live at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1st.

Application Ready Information Sessions

Are you ready to apply for the program, but have some questions or need assistance with the process? Please come to one of our Application Information Sessions. Healthcare Pathway Specialists and Academic Advisors will be on-hand to answer questions and provide guidance. Dates, times and locations are below. Note: These are not general program information sessions. If you need more details on TCC and our Healthcare Programs, please refer to our monthly schedule of information sessions here.

Note: The May and June sessions will be tailored to application submission assistance.


10am-11amBldg 13, Room 127

1:30pm-3pmBldg 13, Room 227

10:30am-noonBldg 13, Room 227

Program Description

The 2-year Respiratory Therapy program leads to an Associate in Applied Sciences degree, Respiratory Therapy. Program graduates are eligible to take the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care to earn certification as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT). Students may then become eligible to take the Clinical Simulation to earn their Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

Is Respiratory Therapy a good fit for you? This career requires specific physical, mental and social capabilities. There are also specific requirements for background checks and immunizations. Find out more about what it takes to succeed as a respiratory therapist. 

Students must complete prerequisites before applying to this program.  Please note that this seven-quarter program requires students to attend summer classes during their first year.

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In order to better assist students in understanding Respiratory Therapy, and to understand the important steps in applying to the Respiratory Therapy program, we expect prospective students to review the information below.

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