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Respiratory Therapy Program

Be the breath of life for your patients. 

About

Respiratory therapists work with patients of all ages to evaluate, monitor, and treat breathing disorders and cardiovascular problems, such as asthma and emphysema. This may include administering oxygen, measuring lung function, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation in emergencies, or managing mechanical ventilators.

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
  • Home care companies
  • Sleep studies
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Equipment sales

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. 

 

Learn More about Respiratory Therapy

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.

Image of male respiratory therapy student working with simCurriculumCosts CareersPrerequisitesEssential RequirementsGetting Started

Launch Your Health Career at TCC

There are a variety of ways to work in the health care industry. TCC is fortunate to offer a number of educational programs in Health Sciences that might be of interest. In order to assist prospective students in fully understanding their training options, we encourage attendance at a free Health Careers Program Overview Information Session.

Bring your questions with you!

Date Time Building Room
Sept. 10, 2019 3:30 - 5 p.m. 13 222
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We're here to help!

Greg Carter, Program Chair

Kellee Rickerl, Clinical Education Director

 

Accreditation

Tacoma Community College's Respiratory Therapy program (#200306) Associate of Applied Science degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care www.coarc.com.  Tacoma Community College's Respiratory program will prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by the registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data

Additional Resources

Preceptor Training

Password-protected training modules.