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Contact: Yen HangTitle: Program AdministratorContact: yhang@mtsac.edu
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Technology and Health Division

The Respiratory Therapy Program, which is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC), 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 the ability to perform fine motor movements with hands and fingers is required in learning the operation of specialized equipment. This includes diagnostic apparatus which aids the physician in detecting cardiorespiratory diseases.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

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    • Respiratory Therapists

      Respiratory Therapists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1126.00

      Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $56.21

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $82,409.59
      Annual Job Openings
      1,374

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Respiratory Therapy Technicians

      Respiratory Therapy Technicians

      SOC Career Code: 29-2054.00

      Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $40.61

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $47,571.15
      Annual Job Openings
      4,702

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
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  • Respiratory Therapy, AS

    Technology and Health Division

    The Respiratory Therapy Program, which is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC), 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 the ability to perform fine motor movements with hands and fingers is required in learning the operation of specialized equipment. This includes diagnostic apparatus which aids the physician in detecting cardiorespiratory diseases.

    This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    RESD 102Theory and Principles of Respiratory Therapy2
    RESD 104Respiratory Therapy Science4
    RESD 106Pulmonary Anatomy and Physiology3
    RESD 108Pharmacology for Respiratory Care1.5
    RESD 110Respiratory Therapy Science4
    RESD 112Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology3
    RESD 114Comprehensive Pulmonary Assessment3
    RESD 116Special Procedures for Respiratory Care1.5
    RESD 200ATechniques of Respiratory Therapy2.5
    RESD 200BTechniques of Respiratory Therapy6
    RESD 202Adult Respiratory Intensive Care3
    RESD 204Neonatal Intensive Care3
    RESD 200CTechniques of Respiratory Therapy2.5
    RESD 200DTechniques of Respiratory Therapy6
    RESD 206Respiratory Therapeutic Modalities3
    RESD 208Current Issues in Respiratory Care3
    Total Units51

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Contact: Yen HangTitle: Program AdministratorContact: yhang@mtsac.edu

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