If you see yourself working in a fast-paced health care environment where you make a difference in the lives of patients suffering from breathing or lung issues, then TCC’s Respiratory Care Program may be a great match for you.
Our Respiratory Care Program provides you with the education needed to serve as part of a team of health care professionals, working side-by-side with physicians, nurses and others in lifesaving and life-supporting situations. As an advanced Respiratory Therapist, you assess and treat patients of all ages, from newborns to senior citizens.
Employment demand for Respiratory Therapists is expected to grow by 12 percent by 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau Labor Statistics, faster than other occupations. An increasing elderly population and advances in respiratory treatments are expected to drive the job market for Respiratory Therapists at hospitals, health care service providers and physician offices.
New class begins each fall
TCC’s Respiratory Care Program generally accepts 25 students each year beginning in the fall term. Application deadline for admittance to the program is April 15 of each year. Applicants who have completed Human Anatomy and Physiology will be interviewed in March or April by respiratory care program faculty. Selection is determined from a point system based on the applicant's overall GPA, GPA in math and science courses, ACT composite score, ACT math/science score and on the interview. Applicants with more math and science courses will be more highly considered for acceptance into the program.
The Respiratory Care Program is a two-year, five-term, full-time day program consisting of specialized courses offered in a specific sequence. Respiratory Care program courses are offered in the daytime only. General education courses may be taken prior to being accepted into the program to lighten course loads. Human Anatomy and Physiology is a prerequisite course that must be taken prior to acceptance into the program. Your course of study will include all aspects of respiratory health and respiratory care techniques, as well as hands-on clinical experiences.
Associate Degree Program
When you graduate from our program you will be awarded an Associate Degree in Applied Science and eligible to apply for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Certification and Registry Examinations.
TCC’s Respiratory Care Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC).
Apply to Program
The applicant pool for programs in the School of Allied Health are very competitive. Application does not mean acceptance into the Allied Health program. Applicants are required to meet with a School of Allied Health advisor before they apply to a program and may be required to attend an orientation for the School of Allied Health. All application correspondence from the School of Allied Health will be through your TCC email.
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Workforce Development Degree Information
Workforce development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. They may advance students within their current career positions or open doors to new career opportunities. Coursework may apply towards a degree at a four-year university; check with an advisor for further information. The number of hours that apply to a degree will vary from one university to another.