Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What types of jobs are available with this degree?

A. Respiratory therapists work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, home care, Respiratory Therapy educational programs, medical equipment sales company, respiratory department management in the hospital and as a member of a rescue flight team.

Q. How long will it take to finish the degree?

A. The program is 24 months long, but students are advised to take the general college courses prior to program entry.

Q. What types of subjects will I study?

A. Anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, pathology, respiratory science, critical care, clinical practices, monitoring procedures and respiratory technology.

Q. Are there any special qualifications or prerequisites required?

A. Completion of high school level chemistry with lab earning at least a grade of “C” or better within the last 5 years, Biology 163, and evidence of good physical and mental health.

Q. Are there any special tools or supplies required?

A. Uniforms, stethoscope, and other clinical tools, physical examination, health or accident insurance and immunizations. Approximate cost is $300 – $400.

Q. How much will books cost?

A. Books will cost approximately $700.00 over the course of
the program.

Q. What is the expected job growth in the field?

A. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Respiratory Therapists is very good. "Employment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2012, because of substantial growth in numbers of the middle-aged and elderly population—a development that will heighten the incidence of cardiopulmonary disease" (

Q. Where can I get more information?

A. Contact the Health and Human and Services Division at 704-330-6145 or the Respiratory Care Program Chair at 704-330-6081.