Respiratory Therapist: Associate in Science (AS) (3920)
Are you a compassionate person with strong communication skills? Can you think quickly during an emergency? Do you enjoy working with high-tech equipment? If this is a solid description of you, consider the field of respiratory therapy.
As a respiratory therapist, you will assist physicians in the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients who suffer with cardiopulmonary disorders.
What can I do with this in the workforce?
After graduating with your Associate in Science (AS) in respiratory therapy, you will be ready to find a job as a registered respiratory therapist. You could work in:
- Home healthcare companies
- Nursing homes
- Physician’s offices
- Rehabilitation centers
You may enjoy this program if you:
- Have strong math and science skills
- Are a compassionate person who is patient and has good communication skills
- Can solve problems quickly in high-pressure situations
- Enjoy working with people
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What is HACC’s program like?
Our program prepares you to enter the workforce as a respiratory therapist. As such, you will be assisting physicians in the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients suffering from cardiopulmonary disorders. We offer this program in cooperation with:
- Life Care Hospital of Mechanicsburg
- Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
- Holy Spirit Hospital
- Pinnacle Health System
- Pulmonary and Critical Care Associate
By the time you graduate, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate proficiency as a respiratory therapist as described by the National Board for Respiratory Care
- Assist physicians in the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients afflicted with cardiopulmonary disorders
- Function effectively as members of the healthcare team
- Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply and evaluate clinical information relevant to their role as advanced respiratory care practitioners (Cognitive Domain)
- Demonstrate technical proficiency in all advanced practitioner skills (Psychomotor Domain)
- Demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the advanced level respiratory care practitioner (Affective Domain)
Our program is selective, which means there are entrance requirements that go beyond the standard application for admission into HACC. We encourage you to visit the health careers section of our website or email us for more information about these entrance requirements.
Additionally, you must:
- Complete the following items at your own expense before you can begin the clinical portion of this program:
- Physical examination and immunizations
- Background checks
- Drug and alcohol screens
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification
- Purchase uniforms, supplies, liability insurance and clinical parking fees
- Have the following:
- Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification
- Current American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
- Professional development credits
- Satisfactory performance on comprehensive (mid program and final) written, laboratory, simulation and oral examinations
To successfully maintain your eligibility and advance through this program, you need to earn a grade of C or higher for each HACC course you take. Before you start your second term, you must be a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).
Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
What classes will I take?
We encourage you to:
- View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
- Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
- Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.
Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?
Yes! Although our Respiratory Therapist Program is designed to lead you directly to employment, opportunities are available for you to transfer your credits to a four-year school. Our programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so that you can take the proper courses at HACC.
Your transfer options include:
|Bloomsburg University of PA:||Bachelor of Applied Science Technical Leadership (ONLINE & campus) (pdf)
|Siena Heights University Online:||Respiratory Therapist into Bachelor Degree Applied Science (ONLINE) (pdf)
Where can I complete this program?
We offer the complete program at our Harrisburg Campus.
Does HACC offer scholarships?
Yes! Thanks to the HACC Foundation, scholarships are available. Please visit hacc.edu/scholarships to learn how you can apply.
When can I apply?
We offer courses in the spring, summer and fall. You can apply anytime by visiting our website. When enrolling into the Respiratory Therapist Program, you must apply to the non-clinical component of the program first. Please use the program code 392P on your application to ensure that you apply to the correct program.
How can I learn more?
With our innovative instructors, convenient class schedules, state-of-the-art equipment and transfer opportunities, we can help you achieve YOUR career goals. For more information about this associate degree, please contact an admissions counselor, visit the health careers section of our website or email us.