This Respiratory Therapy Program, which is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, is designed to train students to function as Respiratory Therapists.
Respiratory Therapy is the application of technical skills involving a complete understanding of cardiopulmonary physiology and recognition of various pathological conditions that alter the patient’s ability to breathe effectively.
By applying medical gases under pressure, i.e., compressed air, oxygen, and other mixtures to the airways through the use of various kinds of equipment, the therapist, under the direction of the physician, treats the diseased or ineffective respiratory system.
Some mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity is helpful in learning the operation of specialized equipment. This includes diagnostic apparatus, which aids the physician in detecting cardiorespiratory disease.
The training program at Mt. San Antonio College is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and College, the State Department of Education, and theCommittee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Respiratory Therapists is expected to grow by 28% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Due to the responsibilities involved in the profession, and the growing recognition of the great need for properly trained persons, the salary scale is steadily climbing. Therefore, for the ambitious, dedicated worker, there is a real opportunity for a well paid and rewarding future. Departmental management, teaching and research are a few areas which the graduate may choose to pursue after further education and experience.
Tuition plus material fees, health service fees, college service fees and parking fees. Non-resident students are required to pay tuition fees. Please consult the college catalog for further information.
The expense of tuition, malpractice insurance, physical examination, parking, uniforms and related accessories, textbooks, and transportation to and from school and to and from the clinical facilities are to be arranged by the student. Scholarships or loan funds are available, please contact Financial Aid for further information.