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Respiratory Therapists are health care specialists who provide care for patients with breathing disorders. Care includes assessment, evaluation, and treatment of patients ranging in age from premature infants to the elderly. Therapists also work with adults who have chronic lung problems, such as asthma or emphysema. As a respiratory therapist, you must possess good communication skills. You will work side by side with physicians, nurses and other health care providers in caring for patients with lung disorders.

We offer the ability to use the same equipment in the laboratory that they will use in the hospital upon graduation. It is a challenging program, but by the end of it students will be ready for their board exams as well as employment. Respiratory Care is a career in demand.  It is an exciting program that teaches you the skills needed to become experts with managing and treating lung disorders. 

The Respiratory Care program is a selective admission program. When you apply to the College, you will be accepted into Healthcare Support with a concentration in Respiratory Care while you complete the prerequisite requirements. The Respiratory Care program accepts a limited number of students each year and there is a separate application process. Contact your campus of interest below for more details.

Our Graduates

Upon graduation, students must complete the national board exam.  Once those are completed they can enter to work force at several local hospitals, home care companies, pulmonary functions, and rehab centers.

Degrees & Certificates

Please select from our list of certificates, technical certificates, and degrees below for class and location information. More information is available on each degree and certificate option in the dropdown above.


Associate of Science
(71 credit hours = 7 semesters)

When applying to the college you should select “Healthcare Spec Resp Care Int” as your desired program of study and “Associate of Applied Science” as your intended program degree.  You will be accepted into Healthcare Specialist  with a concentration in Respiratory Care while you complete the prerequisite requirements.   

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

Program Locations

Respiratory Care programs are offered at the Ivy Tech campuses above.

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Ivy Tech Community College is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021

Respiratory Care Handbook

Program Goals and Purposes

Programmatic Outcomes Data from Annual Report of Current Status