Respiratory Therapy
(Associate of Applied Science)

Achieve an Associate Degree in as few as 18 months

Concorde Career College’s Respiratory Therapy program prepares students with the knowledge and clinical skills required to succeed as a Respiratory Therapist. These patient care specialists examine patients experiencing issues with their breathing. Respiratory Therapists are primarily responsible for performing chest exams and creating a treatment plan to solve problems and illnesses within the lungs. Respiratory Therapy (Associate of Applied Science) Mission Statement The program provides students with the demonstrated competencies in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs). Students are prepared to take the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC) of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). If the candidate meets the RRT score on the TMC, the graduate is eligible to sit for the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) of the NBRC. Learning Objectives / Instructional Outcomes At our school, the Respiratory Therapy Associate Degree program includes general education courses covering mathematics, written, verbal and nonverbal communications; interpersonal skills; critical thinking; the sciences; and the humanities. Learning objectives include achievement of sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical skills in initiation and conduction of therapeutic procedures, maintenance of patient records, equipment management, patient education, and specializations related to respiratory therapy.
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Respiratory Therapy
(Associate of Applied Science)

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In order to graduate from the Respiratory Therapy (Associate of Applied Science) program, students must successfully complete the following curriculum:

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Career Outlook

Career Overview

Respiratory Therapists assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. They assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Respiratory Therapists initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment. They also may serve as asthma educators, patient educators, case managers, Hyperbaric Oxygen Specialists, Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation Specialists and Sleep Specialists. Respiratory Therapists work in hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home care, and diagnostic labs. The Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) deals with patients of all ages who may be gravely injured or ill. The RCP is among the first on the medical team called to provide treatment in cardiopulmonary emergencies. The RCP also cares for patients in all aspects of their treatment and recovery.


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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

As part of our commitment to your success, Concorde ensures that you have access to comprehensive information and guidance in navigating the financial aid process. Concorde offers financial aid and scholarship programs to those who qualify.

Accreditation and Licensure

For the Memphis campus:

The Respiratory Therapy program (#200469) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care;


How Long Is The Respiratory Therapy (Associate Of Applied Science) Program at Concorde?

The respiratory therapy program can be completed in as few as 18 months, but this varies by location. Please check with an admissions adviser for program length information.

When Does Concorde’s Respiratory Therapy (Associate Of Applied Science) Program Start?

Contact Concorde Career College to find out when the Respiratory Therapy program starts at a Concorde campus location near you.

Are Respiratory Therapists in high demand?

According to, the respiratory therapist job field is expected to grow by 19 percent through 2029. As the health care industry grows to meet the needs of those with conditions correlating to an aging population, such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, the need for respiratory therapists is expected to rise.

Why Should I Become A Respiratory Therapist?

Become a respiratory therapist to work with other medical practitioners to save lives every day. There are many illnesses that cause breathing problems, and respiratory therapists play an essential role in regulating patients’ breathing while undergoing treatment. Enjoy a rewarding opportunity to positively affect people’s lives.

Does Concorde offer respiratory therapy externships?

Concorde incorporates real-world training and off-site clinical experiences in our programs.

How much is tuition for Concorde’s Respiratory Therapy (Associate of Applied Science) program?

For program-specific tuition information, please see the campus catalog.

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Below you will find campus-specific Information about the Respiratory Therapy (Degree) program

Memphis Campus

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