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Respiratory Therapist

Program Overview

A Respiratory Therapist is an integral part of a medical team that provides lifesaving care to individuals with breathing-related ailments. With a strong focus on patient care, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the latest treatments, technologies, and techniques to help improve patient outcomes. You’ll benefit from great job security, excellent salary potential, and opportunities for growth and advancement in the field.


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typical hourly wage within one year of graduation


New jobs by 2030


three year employment rate for program graduates

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Learn in a cohort program model.

Learning with the same students as you progress through the program curriculum.  This type of learning community helps students develop relationships, and creates a collaborative learning environment.

Extensive hands-on experience in state of art simulation center.

The Respiratory Care program includes both theoretical knowledge and practical application with instruction provided in a state of art simulaton center.

Clinical experience with local healthcare affiliates

Beginning in the second semster of the program curriculum students gain clinical experience in a real healthcare setting along side program faculty. This experience reinforces the skills learned and developed throughout the program. 

Become eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Therapist Multiple Choice Examination (TMC).

Upon graduation, you are eligible to take the NBRC TMC examination.  Successful completion of the examination qualifies an individual to secure a state license to practice respiratory care.

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