Respiratory Therapy

Welcome to Respiratory TherapyPicture of students with a respiratory therapy device

Respiratory Therapists are specialized healthcare practitioners who help educate, diagnose, and treat people suffering from lung and heart problems. Using their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, physics, and patient assessment, Respiratory Therapists provide:

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Pulmonary pharmacology
  • Airway management
  • Humidity therapy
  • Lung expansion therapy
  • Emergency cardiovascular life support


Respiratory therapists also utilize high tech medical equipment such as mechanical ventilators to assist patients who are unable to breathe on their own. Mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity are needed to work with all Respiratory Therapy equipment.

For more information visit www.aarc/org/careers/what-is-an-rt/

Prerequisites are required for entry into the program. Prerequisites are listed at the bottom of the page.

COST:   Approximately $2254 (tuition not including books).                                                                          To better prepare financially for the RT program please read the Information Packet.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM:  21 months with a total 50 units. 

Students who completed the program will receive an Associates Degree.                                              


  • MATH 51 - Elementary Algebra (Math 71 required for degree) 4 units CSU, UC
  • CHEM 10 - Chemistry for Allied Health 4 units CSU, UC
  • MEDI 90 - Medical Terminology, or equivalent 3 units CSU
  • ANAT 10A - Introductory Human Anatomy, or equivalent 4 units CSU, UC
  • ANAT 10B - Introductory Human Physiology, or equivalent 4 units CSU, UC

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