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Respiratory Care Associate Degree

Set the foundation for a career in a constantly evolving field with a degree focused on advanced pulmonary care.

As a respiratory therapist, you’ll work alongside other health care professionals with patients of all ages to help diagnose and treat lung problems. RTs play important roles in hospitals, sub-acute care facilities, home care and more.

In our award-winning program, you’ll learn about the most advanced respiratory treatments from accessible, experienced faculty in a variety of clinical environments. The program culminates in a guaranteed placement period with one of our clinical affiliates.

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PA College cannot guarantee clinical rotations for students who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.


Our Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree respiratory therapy program (#200558) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). See more accreditation information.


First Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree Total Credits: 35

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
CSS 101 College Studies Seminar3
ENG 100English Composition3
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
MAT 160College Algebra3
Spring SemesterCredits
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
CHE 100General Chemistry I3
HSC 101Methods of Patient Care1
RCP 110Respiratory Care Procedures I3
RCP 120Respiratory Care Lab I3
RCP 130Respiratory Care Theory I2
Summer SemesterCredits
RCP 140Respiratory Care Procedures II2
RCP 150Respiratory Care Lab II1
RCP 160Respiratory Care Theory II2
Total Combined Credits35

Second Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree Total Credits: 33

Fall SemesterCredits
PSY 100General Psychology3
RCP 201Entry Level Review2
RCP 210Respiratory Care Procedures III3
RCP 220Respiratory Care Lab III2
RCP 230Respiratory Care Theory III2
RCP 240Clinical Level I2
Spring SemesterCredits
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences1
RCP 251Respiratory Care Procedures and Diagnostics IV3
RCP 260Respiratory Care Lab/Clinical IV3
RCP 271Respiratory Care Theory and Application IV3
SOC 100 or
SOC 200
Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Diversity3
Summer Semester I & II CombinedCredits
RCP 280Advanced Level Respiratory Care Review2
RCP 290Clinical Level II4
Total Combined Credits68

Will I Be Successful?

 RetentionJob PlacementRRT Credentialing SuccessTMC High Cut Score Pass RateOverall Employer SatisfactionOverall Graduate Satisfaction
CoARC accreditation threshold70%0%0%60%80%80%
Current Period
3 Year Average
Previous Period
3 Year Average

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CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

Meet Your Faculty

Janelle Hess

Janelle Hess, RRT, M.Ed

Respiratory Care Clinical Coordinator

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Jim Christie

Jim Christie, MPH, RRT

Assistant Dept. Chair Health Sciences, and Program Director BSHS

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Joel Benner

Joel Benner, MEd, RRT

Respiratory Care Program Director

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