Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care

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

Program Details

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.

See the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ job outlook.

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

Job
Openings
31k
Job
Growth
21%
Median Salary
$61,830

 RetentionJob PlacementRRT Credentialing SuccessTMC High Cut Score Pass RateOverall Employer SatisfactionOverall Graduate Satisfaction
2020100%100%100%100%100%100%
201988%92%92%100%100%100%
201891%100%100%100%100%100%
201793%100%100%100%100%100%
CoARC accreditation threshold70%0%0%60%80%80%
Current Period
3 Year Average
2018-2020
90%97%100%100%100%100%
Previous Period
3 Year Average
2017-2019
88%96%100%100%100%100%

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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.

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

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

All program applicants must meet general admission requirements.

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Tuition

Tuition & Fees

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Course Delivery

Course Delivery

This course is offered both
online and in-person.

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Learn more about job demand and the career pathways available to you with a PA College Respiratory Care Associate Degree.

Curriculum

First Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree
Second Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree

Accreditation

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.

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Simulated patients. Real scenarios.

At the area's newest and most advanced clinical simulation lab, You'll feel like you're on the job from day one.

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Meet the Faculty

Janelle Hess

Janelle Hess, RRT, M.Ed

Respiratory Care Clinical Coordinator

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Jim Christie

Jim Christie, MPH, RRT

Faculty - Assistant Department Chair

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Joel Benner

Joel Benner, MEd, RRT

Respiratory Care Program Director

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Respiratory Therapists save lives.

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