Programs And Courses

Respiratory Therapist

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

Apply for respiratory clinicals - the clinical application for Spring 2020 will be online using Survey Monkey - CHECK BACK FOR LINK.  Contact Prof. Aumiller for advising and questions.

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).
  • NOTE: RESP 100 will now be offered FALL semester 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?

  • Admission to HACC does not guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program. Work closely with your advisor to prepare to apply to the clinical/core component.
  • Download Admission Criteria and Point System, Essential Qualifications and Shadowing Form (pdf).
  • If you are a pre-respiratory student, you are required to meet with Professor Aumiller, the program director. Call (717) 221-1392 to schedule your appointment.
  • Before meeting with the program director, view the Respiratory Therapist AARC "Life and Breath" video .
  • A shadowing experience is required within 24 months prior to submitting your clinical program application. Email Nicole Luksa - to make arrangements.
  • Apply for respiratory clinicals - the clinical application for Spring 2020 will be available online using Survey Monkey - CHECK BACK FOR LINK. Contact Prof. Aumiller for advising and questions.

Is the program accredited?

The program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( CoARC)
P.O. Box 54876
Hurst, TX 76054-4876

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? 

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