What will I learn?
Respiratory Therapists apply scientific principles to prevent, identify and treat acute or chronic cardiopulmonary diseases. We will prepare you for a rewarding profession that will reach patients from acute care settings to rehabilitation programs such as asthma education.
You’ll also learn:
- Advanced pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary system
- How to treat patients with breathing disorders and diseases
- How to perform diagnostic procedures in the pulmonary function lab or bronchoscopy
- Other subjects including pharmacology, chest-tube management, intubation, ICU and critical care clinical practice, arterial blood gas analysis, ECG interpretation, oxygen therapy, chest physiotherapy and ventilator management
RT program graduates may sit for the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) credentialing exam that is required in the United States to work as a respiratory therapist.
You can also use your degree from PCC as a stepping stone to complete your bachelor's degree.
Bachelor of Applied Science Option
The profession has experienced an evolution in scope of practice, complexity of clinical skills and diversity of patient care. There is a growing need for critical thinking and non-technical skills, resulting in a demand for respiratory therapists who demonstrate skills in quality communication, deductive reasoning, management and education.
We offer you a comprehensive educational program to prepare you to be a leader in the field of respiratory therapy in leadership, education and advanced career opportunities.
For this program, you will need access to a computer with broadband internet that can stream video and audio. Your course may also require hardware such as a headset with microphone. Technical support is available for all courses.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Graduated from an accredited respiratory care program (Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care - CoARC)
- Hold a current respiratory therapy license in any state
- Hold a current credential from the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for Respiratory Therapy degree and all other required pre-requisite courses must be completed at a “C” level or better
- Meet PCC admissions criteria