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Programs And Courses

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Therapist

Learn more about our Respiratory Therapist Associate in Science Degree program

 

What does a respiratory therapist do?

Respiratory therapists:

  • Provide hands-on care to help people recover from various medical conditions
  • Work with all kinds of patients, including accident victims on mechanical ventilators, elderly people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, children suffering from asthma and premature infants with underdeveloped lungs
  • Draw and analyze blood specimens to determine the levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide and other gases in order to assess the best course of treatment
  • Use mechanical ventilation for treating patients who cannot breathe adequately on their own
  • Administer medications to help alleviate breathing problems and help prevent respiratory infections
  • Have good communications skills and attention to detail
  • Learn more about the career (American Association for Respiratory Care- AARC -website)
  • Attend a respiratory therapist program information session - check back for Spring dates

Where do respiratory therapists work?

  • They work in hospitals where they perform intensive care, critical care and neonatal procedures
  • They are also vital to a hospital's life-saving response team that handles patient emergencies

 

How much does the program cost?

What degree will I earn? Will I be eligible for credentials? 

  • Upon successful completion you will earn a Respiratory Therapist Associate in Science Degree
  • You can become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) after completing a national credentialing exam.

 

What are the required courses and what is the suggested schedule? How long does the program take to complete? Where are the clinical classes held?

  • Download Courses Required/Suggested Schedule (pdf, rev 9/14).
  • NOTE: RESP 100 will now be offered SPRING and SUMMER semesters only. 
  • HACC holds Respiratory classes at the Harrisburg Campus. Prerequisite courses are offered at other campuses and sites.


What are the program clinical admission criteria and how do I apply for clinicals?

 

Is the program accredited?

The program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( CoARC)
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
817-283-2835

 

Can I advance my education in this field?

 

What are the program goals?

Program goals are to prepare students to:

  • become registered respiratory therapists (RRT)
  • demonstrate competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavioral) learning domains of respiratory care


What is the most current program effectiveness data?

 

How can I get more information?


Who can I contact for more information? 

Health Careers
healthcareers@hacc.edu
717-780-1988 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211988