Program Length: 20 months
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 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/respiratory-therapists.htm)
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) (www.coarc.com). 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
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Total Courses: 28Total Credits: 117.5
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