Programs And Courses

Respiratory Therapist

Learn more about a rapid growing career in respiratory care and our two-year Respiratory Therapist Associate of Science Degree program.

COVID-19 Immunization Requirements of Clinical Facilities

The clinical application for Spring 2024 online using Survey Monkey - will be here September 2023. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15. You must have met with the program director prior to applying. Contact Prof. Aumiller for advising and questions. Download Admission Criteria and Point System, Essential Qualifications (pdf).

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

How much does the program cost?

Will I be eligible for credentials? 

  • 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?

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),
364 Precision Blvd., Telford, TN  37680, 817-283-2835.  Program #:200296. 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.

Can I advance my education in this field?

  • This program leads directly to an occupation
  • HACC has an articulation agreement with Boise State University for an online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy.
  • HACC has an articulation agreement with Carlow University for an online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy.
  • HACC has an articulation agreement with Marywood University for an online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy.
  • HACC has an articulation agreement with University of Cincinnati for an online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy.
  • Franklin University offers a BS in Healthcare Management.
  • Shippensburg University offers a BS in Healthcare Administration.
  • Immaculata University offers an accelerated BS in Health Care Management (classes are available in accelerated format at HACC's Lancaster Campus).
  • Widener University (transfer sheet) offers a BS in Allied Health.

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? 

Please contact an Admissions Counselor, by phone at 800-ABC-HACC, or by email at

Respiratory Therapy Program Office
HACC Harrisburg Campus
Blocker Hall Room 101
Harrisburg, PA  17110