Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy
97 Credits - 20 Months
The Respiratory Therapy Associate of Science program is 80 weeks in length, the first 30 weeks of which focuses on the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behaviors suitable for the clinical patient care environment. Students earn an Associates of Science degree and may enter the field of Respiratory Therapy upon graduation and the successful completion of the entry-level credentialing exam (CRT) The student is additionally eligible for the advanced level RRT
exams. The graduate may also be required to obtain a state professional license in order to begin work in the profession.
Respiratory Therapists primarily work in hospitals and acute care settings where they assist in diagnosing and treating cardiopulmonary disorders such as asthma, COPD, pneumonia and cystic fibrosis. They also provide life-saving treatments to patients in the emergency room and critical care who have experienced a heart attack, drowning or other serious trauma.
The respiratory therapy program at the American College for Medical Careers provides students with a pathway towards a career as a respiratory therapist through a 20-month Associates of Science degree program and becoming a highly respected member of the medical community. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy (COARC) and includes a comprehensive curriculum in:
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Mechanical Ventilation
- Patient Assessment
- Advanced Life Support
- Equipment and Monitoring
- Airway Management