Respiratory Therapy Technology-A.A.S.

DESCRIPTION: The Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy Technology is offered at the Ashtabula Campus. With successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the registry examination to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Respiratory therapists work as members of a team of healthcare professionals working in a wide range of clinical settings to evaluate, treat and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders. 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Respiratory therapists held about 122,000 jobs in 2006. About 79 percent of jobs were in hospitals, mainly in departments of respiratory care, anesthesiology, or pulmonary medicine. Most of the remaining jobs were in offices of physicians or other health practitioners, consumer-goods rental firms that supply respiratory equipment for home use, nursing care facilities, and home health care services. Holding a second job is relatively common for respiratory therapists. About 12 percent held another job, compared with 5 percent of workers in all occupations.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
Students must have a GPA of 2.75, complete all developmental coursework, have college or high school biology and chemistry  and take or test out of MATH 10024 or equivalent for admission to the program. Applicants not admitted directly into the program may be admitted as pre-major students. Students interested in the program should apply directly to the Ashtabula Campus and meet with the program director.

GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum 71 credit hours. Minimum 2.0 GPA in major and 2.0 cumulative GPA. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in all required courses, including RTT and related courses, general studies courses and prescribed developmental courses.

LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENT:
None

PROGRAM FEE: $74/semester
ACCREDITATION: Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

STUDENT
ORGANIZATIONS:
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