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Respiratory Therapy

Associate of Science

Program Length: 20 months

Degree Overview

Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapists (RT) evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. They primarily assist the middle-aged and elderly population and those suffering from cardiopulmonary disease. They work to strengthen patients breathing, returning it back to a healthy state.

Associate's in Respiratory Therapy

An associate's degree in respiratory therapy program can be your key to pursuing a career as a respiratory therapist in hospitals and care centers. Courses can teach students what they need to know to begin working in the field. Courses may cover care management and current issues in respiratory therapy, recent developments in respiratory care, traditional respiratory care, critical care, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, pediatric care, and more. All credits earned are transferable to the California College San Diego's bachelor's degree program.

Applicants to the program need to meet certain requirements for admission to the program. Those interested in applying should look over the Admissions section below to learn how they can qualify. Those admitted take their first steps into a promising career.

Respiratory Therapy Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of respiratory therapy is expected to experience faster than average employment growth, with the number of positions available growing by 28 percent between 2010 and 2020.

The demand for skilled and knowledgeable RTs will continue to grow as the middle-aged and elderly population expands and incidences of cardiopulmonary disease increase.

Respiratory therapists are in demand particularly in hospitals, but opportunities are growing in home healthcare services, physicians' offices or other health practitioners, consumer-goods rental firms, and in the employment services industry as a temporary worker in various settings.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Respiratory Therapists, on the Internet at

Respiratory Therapy Program Accreditation

The Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy offered at the California College San Diego main campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) ( Click here for the Outcomes data from the 2011 Annual Report of Current Status. For information regarding pass rates for the CoARC exam for Respiratory Therapy program graduates click here.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835

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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

BIO 111 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIO 131 Cardiopulmonary and Renal Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
BIO 155 Patient Assessment 4.0
CSS 101 Psychology of Motivation 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition 4.0
ENG 223 Communication Arts 4.0
MAT 220 College Algebra 4.0
MED 100 Medical Terminology, Law, and Ethics 4.0
PHI 221 Introduction to Logic 4.0
PSY 220 Psychology 4.0
RES 105 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy, Microbiology, and Infection Control 4.0
RES 116 Airway Management II 3.0
RES 118 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology I 2.0
RES 119 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology II 2.0
RES 125 Medical Gas Therapy/Humidity and Aerosol Therapy 3.0
RES 128 Arterial Blood Gases/Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3.0
RES 137 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology I 2.0
RES 138 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology II 2.0
RES 145 Pulmonary Function Testing 3.0
RES 196 Clinical Experience I 11.0
RES 205 Lung Hyperinflation Therapy/Bronchial Hygiene Therapy 3.0
RES 216 Mechanical Ventilation I 4.0
RES 236 Mechanical Ventilation II 4.0
RES 246 Pulmonary Rehabilitation 2.0
RES 256 Neonatal and Pediatric Care 4.0
RES 276 Advanced Cardiac Life Support/Multi-skilled RT 3.0
RES 292 Clinical Experience II 16.5
RES 298 Case Studies and Board Review 2.0
SCI 101 Math, Chemistry, and Physical Sciences for Respiratory Therapy 4.0

Course Description

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Total Courses: 29Total Credits: 117.5

Available at the following locations:

California Locations: National City, San Diego, San Marcos

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