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Respiratory Therapy Program

Be the breath of life for your patients. 

About

Respiratory therapists work with patients of all ages to evaluate, monitor, and treat breathing disorders and cardiovascular problems, such as asthma and emphysema. This may include administering oxygen, measuring lung function, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation in emergencies, or managing mechanical ventilators.

As a respiratory therapist, you'll work under the direction of a physician in this growing field. You'll find employment in a variety of settings, including:

  • Acute/critical care hospitals
  • Extended care facilities
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Private physicians' offices
  • Home care companies
  • Sleep studies
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Equipment sales

Program Description

The 2-year Respiratory Therapy program leads to an Associate in Applied Sciences degree, Respiratory Therapy. Program graduates are eligible to take the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care to earn certification as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT). Students may then become eligible to take the Clinical Simulation to earn their Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

Is Respiratory Therapy a good fit for you? This career requires specific physical, mental and social capabilities. There are also specific requirements for background checks and immunizations. Find out more about what it takes to succeed as a respiratory therapist. 

Students must complete prerequisites before applying to this program.  Please note that this seven-quarter program requires students to attend summer classes during their first year. 

 

Explore Respiratory Therapy

In order to better assist students in understanding Respiratory Therapy, and to understand the important steps in applying to the Respiratory Therapy program, we expect prospective students to review the information below.

Launch Your Health Career at TCC

There are a variety of ways to work in the health care industry. TCC is fortunate to offer a number of educational programs in Health Sciences that might be of interest. In order to assist prospective students in fully understanding their training options, we encourage your review of the electronic version of our Health Careers Program Overview Information Session.

Get Started!

Health Science Program Overview – Narrative (PDF)

After watching the online version of our information session, please join us via Zoom Lobby for an upcoming question/answer opportunity.  You are also welcome to contact our Advising office with specific questions at 253.566.6091 or advising@tacomacc.edu.

Date

Time

Zoom Link

Thursday, May 14

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, May 20

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Thursday, May 28

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 3

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Thursday, June 11

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Thursday, June 25 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Click here to join session

Thursday Meetings:

https://zoom.us/j/96259634434?pwd=cW1od3dPZk1hWitXRUgvWDBDQmdUQT09
Meeting ID: 962 5963 4434
Password: 097695

Wednesday Meetings:

https://zoom.us/j/95847910053?pwd=NlpWcjRsR3N2RTZkMkFWcFBFem5idz09
Meeting ID: 958 4791 0053
Password: 712312

 

We're here to help!

Greg Carter, Program Chair

Kellee Rickerl, Clinical Education Director

 

Accreditation

Tacoma Community College's Respiratory Therapy program (#200306) Associate of Applied Science degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care www.coarc.com.  Tacoma Community College's Respiratory program will prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by the registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data

Additional Resources

Preceptor Training

Password-protected training modules. 

Do you have a question for us?

We are available to help you online via Zoom. 
Here you can talk to a staff member directly to get answers to your specific questions.
Please come join us! We are happy to help you!

Health, Business and Professional Services (HBPS) Zoom Lobby Information

Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm

Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/99980134503

Phone number to call in: 1-253-215-8782 and follow the prompts

Zoom Meeting ID: 999 8013 4503

NOTE: You can also contact our department anytime and leave a voicemail at 253-566-5113, or reach us by email at tcchbps@tacomacc.edu. We will get back to you as soon as possible.