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Respiratory Therapy

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Median Respiratory Therapist salary in Indiana
Annual Respiratory Therapy Salary Range
$53,394 - $65,264
Wage data taken from U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Indiana. (2021).

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 Therapy 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 Therapy program is a selective admission program. When you apply to the College, you will be accepted into Healthcare Specialist with a concentration in Respiratory Therapy while you complete the prerequisite requirements. The Respiratory Therapy 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.

In addition to meeting the requirements outlined in the Essential Functions, students who are admitted to the program will be required to pay for and submit to a criminal background check, drug testing and physical exam.  The details and process will be provided at an orientation.  Please contact the program faculty for more detailed information.

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.

Transfer Partners

If you would like to continue your education after completing your Ivy Tech degree, we have several four-year transfer partnerships in place. Talk to your transfer advocate for more information about transfer opportunities!

Application Information

After watching the information session, please refer to the Statewide Program Application Booklet for additional details.  Question and Answer sessions pertaining to the information session can be located in the campus dropdown tabs.

Program Requirements - Respiratory Therapy

Application Link

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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.

Academic Catalog: Review the program degree requirements and course descriptions.


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 Therapy 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 Student Learning Outcomes

Statewide Program Application Booklet - 2021-2022

Completion Guides

Completion guides provide the recommended path to graduation, broken out by 8-week term. Courses are also numbered to show an overall number for students taking fewer classes at a time. Please consult with your advisor to determine which classes are the best option for you to take.

Associate of Science In Respiratory Therapy

Program Locations

Respiratory Therapy 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
CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

Programmatic Outcomes Data from Annual Report of Current Status

Program Goals and Purposes