• Respiratory Therapist Program

    Why choose our Respiratory Care program?
    COARC logoThe Respiratory Care program prepares students to become a respiratory therapist (RT).  This is a specialized health care professional that helps patients of all ages with breathing and lung problems.  As an RT, you will provide close and ongoing care to patients who may be suffering from a variety of breathing issues such as asthma and lung disease, or even cardiac arrest.  An RT will assess and evaluate patients at the bedside to help the physician diagnose and treat them. This career offers you a wide variety of job opportunities, from working in a hospital to nursing homes, physicians’ offices or home health care.  If you like working in a challenging and dynamic environment, and have excellent communication skills, then this is the program for you.     

    What will I learn?
    Respiratory Care is a 24-month, six semester program that begins in the fall semester.  PA College provides you with the ideal education setting – we combine the classroom and lab training with the clinical experience.  From your very first respiratory care course, you will be at the bedside applying what you learned in class and practiced in lab.  Respiratory Care students have a variety of clinical experiences - from general patient care to adult critical care, neonatal critical care, pediatrics, sleep study, cardiology, home care and long term acute care.  Because of this, you will graduate prepared for an assortment of successful careers options.

    The goal of the Respiratory Care program is “to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).”  Graduates of this program will be able to take the Entry Level (CRT) credential exam and the Advanced Level (RRT) credential exam.


    What is the job outlook?
    Recent Healthcare Workforce Employment outlook for 2020 by the U.S. Department of Labor indicates a need for a 30-55% increase in respiratory therapists.

    For more information regarding the average salary, working conditions and job availability for a career in this field, click here to view the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s occupation profile.


    What are the physical requirements?
    Applicants should be prepared to meet the physical and core performance standards for this field. All requirements are available in the Student Handbook.

    What is the cost of the program?
    Click here for current tuition rates.

    Program Accreditation
    The AAS Degree Respiratory Therapy program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences located in Lancaster, PA, program number 200558, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).


     Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
    1248 Harwood Road
    Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
    (817) 283-2835