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If you are a hands-on problem solver and enjoy helping others, a career as a Respiratory Therapist could be the path for you! Respiratory Therapists (RTs) play an important role in patient care and the demand for RTs is growing. According to the California Employment Development Department, job growth in respiratory therapy is expected to increase at a rate of 25.3 percent through 2026*.
Our focus is on your success! At American Career College, our Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy program can help you graduate with the confidence and the qualifications you need to begin your career as a Respiratory Therapist.
The American Career College Respiratory Therapy (RT) program is designed to help you acquire the knowledge and training to evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory Therapists care for a variety of patients, both young and old, whose lungs are not fully developed or may be diseased.
The Respiratory Therapy Program at ACC offers a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical studies that will allow you to develop a range of skills relevant to the roles and responsibilities of a Respiratory Therapist, which include the following tasks:
Through the respiratory therapy program, we aim to help you graduate with the confidence and qualifications you need to begin your career as a RT.* After successfully completing the RT program, you will be eligible to sit for the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) exams (written and clinical simulation), offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). **
Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the goals of the program are achieved and determine which program is effective. The Respiratory Therapy (Associate of Occupational Science) programs in Orange County and Ontario are programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).**
Programmatic outcomes data reported on the (COARC) websiteinclude the following data:
* American Career College cannot guarantee employment.
** CoARC 264 Precision Blvd., Telford, TN 37690; Phone (817) 283-2835 / Fax (817) 510-1063 / www.coarc.com
Respiratory Therapists generally work in hospitals, clinical settings, sleep disorder clinics, Physicians’ offices, or rehabilitation centers.* Successful completion of the American Career College Respiratory Therapy program requires clinical experience, where you may work with patients who have a variety of ailments and conditions that prohibit their cardiopulmonary system from working correctly.
Many area employers are very familiar with the quality of ACC's health care training programs and our school's track record for preparing confident, qualified professionals for rewarding careers. Our graduates have been hired by:
A few interesting statistics* about respiratory therapy careers:
The curriculum in the Respiratory Therapy program is divided into eight, 10-week quarters. Students will begin with general education, anatomy and physiology, and core respiratory therapy and conclude with clinical practicum courses.
Clinical experience in an appropriate hospital or clinical setting is required for successful completion of the school's program. These clinical rotations, which begin in quarter five, comprise a total of 960 hours.
Respiratory Therapy core courses include the following:
Other core courses in this program include the following:
You’ll be on your way to helping others!
As you begin your career as a Respiratory Therapist, the ongoing development of your skills can create increased opportunities for advancement. Our Career Services team will provide you with resources, support and the personalized assistance you need to keep your career on the fast track.
According to the California Employment Development Department, job growth for Respiratory Therapists is expected to increase at a rate of 25.3 percent through 2026*.
As an entry-level Respiratory Therapist, your day-to-day responsibilities may include the following:*
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