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Respiratory Therapy Associate Degree Program

Garden Grove, CA

Prepare for a new career sooner than you think

Get ready for a meaningful career that help others breathe easier. As a respiratory therapist, you work with the health care team to treat people with breathing problems and related cardiopulmonary issues due to chronic lung issues such as asthma or emphysema and helping them recover.


Learn to Help Others Breathe Easier

  • Gain skills to treat people with asthma, cystic fibrosis, emphysema and other conditions.
  • Curriculum prepares you for the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC) and Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
  • Complete your associate degree program in as few as 18-months of study.*

Program Overview

Respiratory therapists (RTs) are unsung heroes of health care, providing support and treatment to patients with acute and long-term breathing problems.

As an RT, you’ll need to understand the anatomy and physiology of the lungs and heart, as well as various disorders and diseases which can affect them. You’ll need to understand therapies and interventions available for RTs and what clinical situations call for them. You’ll also need to offer patients a calm, caring professional they can rely on.

With Concorde Garden Grove, you can learn all this and more in as few as 18-months.*

Take the Next Step Now

Think a career as a respiratory therapist could be a breath of fresh air? Contact Concorde Garden Grove today to find out if our associate degree program is right for you!

*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.
**Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020-2030 projected job demand https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/respiratory-therapists.htm
Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment.
ᶛᶛClinical hour requirements and delivery may vary by campus location and may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee clinical site assignments based upon student preference or geographic convenience; nor do clinical experiences guarantee graduation, post-clinical employment or salary outcomes. 
Program Stats

18* Mo

Program Length

23%**

National Employment Demand (2020-2030)

76

Credit Hours

220

Lab Hours

870

Clinical Hours

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Have an Associate Degree in Healthcare?
Currently Licensed Dental Hygienist?
Currently a Licensed Surgical Technologist?
Currently a Registered Nurse (RN)?
Currently a LDA or RDA?

Curriculum

The respiratory therapy associate degree program teaches a combination of general knowledge, clinical knowledge and practical skills for treating patients with breathing disorders. Students also complete clinical rotations to apply knowledge and skills in real-world care settings.

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Applied Respiratory Therapeutics
  • Clinical Medicine
Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment.
ᶛᶛClinical hour requirements and delivery may vary by campus location and may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee clinical site assignments based upon student preference or geographic convenience; nor do clinical experiences guarantee graduation, post-clinical employment or salary outcomes. 

 

Career Outlook

Respiratory Therapist jobs are projected to grow nationally at a much-faster-than-average rate. The spread of respiratory infections caused by the Coronavirus pandemic is one factor driving national employment demand projections.

Pre-pandemic the field was forecasted to grow based upon the increasing middle-age and elderly populations where increases in respiratory conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and pneumonia can increase the need for respiratory care. 

 
**Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020-2030 projected job demand https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/respiratory-therapists.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

What are the possible career paths for a Respiratory Therapist?

Respiratory Therapy (RT) Infographic


Where can a Respiratory Therapist work?

Respiratory therapists are in demand in a variety of job settings, including:

  • Hospitals and clinical environments
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Pulmonary physicians’ offices and clinics
  • Home care companies
  • Rehabilitation hospitals

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

The Respiratory Therapy program (#200472) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care; www.coarc.com.

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