Programs And Courses

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Therapist

Learn more about our Respiratory Therapist Associate in Science Degree program.


What is a respiratory therapist?

Respiratory Therapists have various duties. You must:

  • 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.
  • Be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, potentially hazardous materials and ionizing radiation.
  • 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


What are the required courses?
NOTE:  RESP 100 will now be offered SPRING and FALL semesters only. (9/9/14)

Download Courses Required/Suggested Schedule (pdf, rev 9/14).


What is the goal of the program?

Our goal is to prepare you to be a registered respiratory therapist (RRT). You will be able to demonstrate competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavioral) learning domains of respiratory care.


How do I apply for clinicals?

Who accredits the program?

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( CoARC) accredits the program. 817-283-2835

1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244

Where does HACC hold classes?

HACC holds Respiratory classes at the Harrisburg Campus. Some required courses are offered at other campuses and sites.


How much does the program cost?

Download Estimated Expenses (pdf, rev 5/14).


Program effectiveness data

CoARC Outcomes data from the 2012 Annual Report of Current Status includes attrition, job placement and success on the credentialing exam.

HACC has the second-highest success rate (94%) for the RRT exam in all of PA. We also have the second-highest pass rate in PA on the national registry exams (94%) and are in the top 5 percent of programs nationally.


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

Upon successful completion you will earn an associate of science degree.

You can become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) after completing a national credentialing exam.


Where can I work?

Most respiratory therapists 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 can I advance my education in this field?


Where can I get more information?


Who can I contact for more information? 

Health Careers
717-780-1988 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211988