The OTC Respiratory Therapy Program prepares students for work in healthcare settings as respiratory therapists. Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing issues or other cardiopulmonary disorders. They also treat a variety of other patients such as premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed, children with asthma, elderly people whose lungs are diseased and victims of heart attacks.
The program gives students a thorough understanding of both critical care diagnostics and respiratory pharmacology. The coursework prepares graduates to apply the skills they learn in a clinical setting. Students will learn to understand critical care diagnostics, care for ill patients and provide mechanical ventilation if the need arises.
Graduates will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the employment outlook for respiratory therapists is expected to increase faster than average for all occupations. Our graduates typically find work in hospitals, sleep labs or home health companies.
The OTC Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).