Why Respiratory Therapist?
The Associate’s degree in Respiratory Therapy program at CCSD trains you in the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career helping patients in hospitals, sleep labs, long-term care centers and physicians’ offices. As a respiratory therapist (RT), you will be involved in caring for patients with chronic breathing problems, such as asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema.
You’ll receive specialized training that prepares you to manage therapeutic and life-support services, administer gasses and aerosol therapy, and provide cardiopulmonary assessment and monitoring. Our degree program provides you with necessary clinical experience, usually through a clinical externship, and prepares you for your licensure exam.1
CCSD’s Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). With your degree and necessary licensure, you’ll be prepared to work in this exciting career field, where you can make a real difference in the lives of others.
Great news: you can earn your degree in as few as 21 months2—faster than traditional colleges and universities! And your tuition includes a new laptop that you can use in school and keep after you graduate.
The Associate’s degree in Respiratory Therapy program will help prepare you for a variety of rewarding healthcare career positions, including:
- Respiratory therapist
- Sleep center technician
- Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT)
- Pulmonary Function Technician
What You Will Learn
As a Respiratory Therapy student at California College San Diego, we will teach you a variety of RT knowledge and skills, such as:
- Airway management
- Cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology
- Cardiopulmonary pharmacology
- Cardiopulmonary pathophysiology
- Pulmonary function testing
- Lung hyperinflation therapy
- Bronchial hygiene therapy
- Mechanical ventilation
- Neonatal and pediatric care
- Clinical practice
Preparation for Medical Certifications
Most states require licensure in order to practice as a Respiratory Therapist. When you graduate from CCSD’s CoARC-approved Respiratory Therapy program, you will be eligible to sit for the licensure exam in your state. You will also be eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) credentialing exam.Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). All states that license respiratory therapists require RT license candidates to complete an accredited degree program in respiratory care recognized by CoARC.
Sample Courses from the Respiratory Therapy Program
Below are several of the courses you may take during your Respiratory Therapy program.
Note: Courses are subject to change and vary by campus.
BIO131 Cardiopulmonary and Renal Anatomy and Physiology
This course focuses on a detailed study of the structure and the function of the human cardiac, pulmonary, and renal systems. Associated medical terminology is also covered.
RES118 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology I
This is part one of two courses focusing on the general principles of pharmacology with an emphasis on drugs affecting the cardiopulmonary system. Topics include adrenergic bronchodilators, anticholinergic bronchodilators, xanthines, and mucus controlling medications. Upon completion, students will be able to discuss the indications, contraindications, effects, and common usage of frequently prescribed cardiopulmonary medications.
RES116 Airway Management
This course focuses on the theory, application, and monitoring of airway management.
RES125 Medical Gas Therapy/Humidity and Aerosol Therapy
This course covers the therapeutic application and monitoring of oxygen and specialized gas mixtures. You will also be introduced to hyperbaric medical procedures.
RES256 Neonatal and Pediatric Care
This course focuses on the theory and application of the care of pediatric and perinatal patients.
Which Campuses Offer the Respiratory Therapy (AS) Program?
Respiratory Therapy Accreditation
The Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree program at the San Diego, CA; San Marcos, CA; and National City, CA campuses is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
California College San Diego is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). ACCSC is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.
Respiratory Therapy Program Costs and Financial Aid
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