Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care (AAS)
This program prepares students to assess, diagnose, and manage patients with cardiopulmonary deficiencies or abnormalities. Respiratory Therapists work in hospitals, clinics, homecare agencies and other healthcare settings under the direction of a physician. Respiratory Therapists use sophisticated equipment in the assessment and treatment of patients with such lung disorders as asthma, emphysema, pneumonia and bronchitis. Students completing this program satisfy academic and clinical eligibility requirements to apply for the Advanced Practitioner Examination offered by the NBRC. Successful candidates earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentials. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required for graduation from the Respiratory Care program.
Outcomes data for all respiratory care programs are posted by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Outcomes data reported for the previous three years include: CRT credentialing success, RRT credentialing success, attrition, job placement, total number of students enrolled and the total number of graduates during that period.