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2022-23 Catalog 
    Feb 07, 2023  
2022-23 Catalog

Respiratory Therapy, AAS

See list of Department Chairs on the Personnel  page.

Career Opportunities

The Respiratory Therapy program prepares you for a career in a variety of professional settings. The most familiar setting is in the hospital, where respiratory therapists care for patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Beyond the hospital setting, you can find employment in long-term care facilities, rehabilitation hospitals/clinics, corporate health facilities, outpatient diagnostic centers, emergency medical transport, education and clinical researcher.

Program Description

The AAS Degree prepares you to provide respiratory therapy to patients and educate them in their continuing care. In our off-campus scheduled clinical hours, you will provide respiratory therapy for patients under the supervision of preceptor or clinical instructor who is a licensed and credentialed respiratory therapist.

A respiratory therapist can provide care to patients by gathering patient data, performing a physical assessment, and making a diagnostic clinical treatment plan, which can include oxygen therapy, airway clearance therapy, aerosol therapy, medication delivery, airway management, arterial blood sampling, and most importantly invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation.

Because of the high level of personal and professional responsibility required of a respiratory therapist, you must have integrity, maturity, individual motivation, good interpersonal skills, excellent manual dexterity and a solid science and general studies academic background to be successful in this program. We are firmly committed to fostering your intellectual growth and to developing well-qualified respiratory therapists with high professional standards and ethics.

Program Requirements

Entrance Requirements:

You must complete a current Respiratory Therapy program application and meet all minimum requirements and application timelines. The application is available through the Respiratory Therapy program, at the PCC Respiratory Therapy website or in Admissions & Records. You should seek advisement from program faculty for assistance with applications, minimum requirements and required general education courses for admissions. In addition, all students entering the program will need a current American Heart Association CPR card good for 2 years.

If you are an AAS Respiratory Therapy student, you must complete all General Education/Related Requirements.

Note: All students are accepted provisionally pending completion of a criminal background check and cleared drug screen. A felony, loss of license, administrative disciplinary proceeding for negligence, malpractice, recklessness, or willful or intentional misconduct may prohibit entrance into the program and/or eligibility to sit for licensure exams.

Total Credits: 72.5

General Education Requirements (20 Credits)

Applicants must have all 6 general education courses completed with a “C” or higher, to begin the first fall semester of the program.

*All BIO courses must be within 7 years of submitting application

Core Curriculum Requirements (52.5 Credits)


1 BIO 111 is a required prerequisite course for BIO 202