• 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.

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    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.

    Program Accreditation
    This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). The PA College Respiratory Care program has currently earned provisional accreditation.

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

    2014-15 Tuition & Fees - Associate Degree Program

    Undergraduate tuition per credit $481 per credit hour
    Undergraduate program tuition (flat program cost) $1,928 per semester*
    Technology Fee $300 per semester
    General Education (GE) Science Lab Fee $225 per GE Lab Course

    Note: All fees are non-refundable
    *This charge will be applied to your bill only when you are enrolled in the fall and spring semester program-specific courses.