Respiratory Care Technology

Helping Others Breathe More Easily

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    Program Duration: 2 Year Program
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    Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
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    Total Credit Hours: 70
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About This Program

Our Respiratory Care Technology program will teach you the skills you need to become a respiratory therapist. You will learn how to assess a patient’s condition, develop an appropriate care plan, handle technical equipment, make scientific calculations, and work independently to assist physicians in diagnosing and treating patients. Our program also offers lab training, classroom study and supervised experience in hospitals and health care settings, as well as preparation to take the national board exams for licensure required to fill a job in this field. Upon completing the program, you will be eligible to take the entry-level Certified Respiratory Therapist exam, as well as additional credentials, including Registered Respiratory Therapist, Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist, Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist, and Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist.

The Respiratory Care Technology program is accredited by the Committee for Accreditation of Respiratory Care.

Program Admission and Requirements

Join Us for an Information Session

RSVP for an information session to learn more about a career as a respiratory therapist caring for patients with lung and breathing issues and disorders. A session will be held on April 17 at 1 p.m. on Main Campus in the West Building, Room W2-37. RSVP to join us for an information session!

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Transfer Opportunities

Bloomsburg University

Public university in Pennsylvania offering diverse programs.

Jefferson University

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Southern New Hampshire University

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Launch Your Career in Respiratory Care Technology

  • Respiratory Therapist est. salary $76,915
**EMSI Data, 2022; The greater Philadelphia region; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

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Featured Career

Respiratory Therapist

Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures.

Starting Pay: $59,358.

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Register for an Information Session

Complete the form below to join us for an information session to meet program faculty, ask questions and learn how you can accelerate your career in health care by becoming a respiratory care practitioner. The median salary for respiratory therapists in the Philadelphia region more than $76,000. Community College of Philadelphia offers a 22-month program specializing in cardiopulmonary therapy that is accredited by CoARC, the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. After completion you will be board eligible to become a licensed respiratory care practitioner.

All sessions will be held on Main Campus in the West Building, Room W2-37 at 1 p.m.