Respiratory Care Program

Respiratory Care Program

Admissions Requirements
Additional Resources

Mission Statement

The Respiratory Care Program prepares students to become competent, professional, advanced level respiratory therapists.

Career Opportunities

Skillful providers of respiratory care are in increasing demand.  Respiratory Care Practitioners are prepared to administer pulmonary care under the direction of licensed physicians.  Their tasks involve the administration of medical gases, medications by inhalation, pulmonary drainage and positive pressure breathing treatments.  Knowledge of special life-support equipment and methods of monitoring the critically-ill patients are required of respiratory care practitioners.  Individuals educated as respiratory care therapists must complete a minimum of two years of education.  Upon completion of the Respiratory Care Program at Rhodes State College, graduates are eligible to sit for the national board exams to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). 

Therapists assume primary clinical responsibility for all respiratory care modalities.  Therapists scope of practice includes specific knowledge of cardiopulmonary and renal anatomy, pathology, clinical management, therapeutics and diagnostics.  Excellent communication skills are necessary in order to consult with physicians and other members of the health care team.  A most important standard in the profession of Respiratory Care is for practitioners to serve as a role model in matters concerning health by abstaining from the use of tobacco products at home, school and work environments.

The percentage rate of graduates who have been employed in the respiratory field has been extremely high.  Many students have been employed part-time in area hospitals while they complete their associate degree. 

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase faster than average over the next decade, primarily because the aging baby boomer generation will increase the number of older people, who tend to suffer the most from respiratory conditions like pneumonia and COPD and who often have respiratory complications due to heart disease and other common diseases of aging.

Human Resources study from the AARC, the projected average annual earnings of RTs working in the U.S. is $62,223. In this study, and depending on the area of the country, therapists just beginning their careers report average annual earnings ranging from $42,078-$47,297.

Once you enter the profession, you may want to specialize in an area such as neonatal care, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, helicopter transport, critical care, rehabilitation, education, or management.

For additional career information, go to the American Association for Respiratory Care website.

Technical Standards

All applicants accepted to Rhodes State College must be able to meet the technical standards of the program of study for which they enroll. Students are asked to review the standards and to sign a form certifying that they have read, understood, and are able to meet the standards. Students are provided the technical standards information upon selection of their program of study. A more detailed explanation is available in the General Prep Manual. NOTE: A most important standard in the profession of Respiratory care is for practitioners to serve as a role model in matters concerning health by abstaining from the use of tobacco products at home, school and work environments.

Available Seats

Seats foSeats for the Allied Health Consortium will be filled with qualified applicants on a continuous basis.  Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early and seek qualified status as soon as possible to secure a seat.

Notice to Prospective or Current Respiratory Care Students

You are at risk if you have been convicted of a prior felony and/or some misdemeanors. Students with certain felony, misdemeanor, or drug-related convictions will be ineligible for admission into clinical experiences. A criminal record may also prevent you from obtaining a license or certificate in your chosen healthcare profession or to obtain employment post-graduation


This program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).  Inquiries regarding accreditation should be directed to:

The Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC),
1248 Harwood Road,
Bedford, TX 76021
(817) 283-2835

The program has been accredited since its inception in 1980.

For More Information, Contact:

Beth White, MS, RRT
Distance Education Coordinator of Respiratory Care Program
Northwest Ohio Allied Health Education Consortium
(419) 995-8198

Information subject to change without notice.