2 years
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About this course

VC’s Respiratory Care Program offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. Successful completion of this program will enable graduates to take a series of national board exams to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

As a respiratory therapists you will work under the direction of a physician to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders.

You may work in any of a number of settings, including:

  • Hospitals giving breathing treatments to people with asthma and other respiratory conditions. 
  • Intensive care units managing ventilators that keep the critically ill alive. 
  • Emergency rooms delivering life-saving treatments. 
  • Newborn and pediatric units helping children with conditions ranging from premature birth to cystic fibrosis. 
  • Patients' homes providing regular check-ups and making sure people have what they need to stay out of the hospital. 
  • Sleep laboratories helping to diagnose disorders like sleep apnea. 
  • Skilled nursing facilities and pulmonary rehabilitation programs helping older people breathe easier and get more out of life. 
  • Case management programs helping devise long-term care plans for patients.