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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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As a Respiratory Therapist, you are on the front lines of respiratory care on a daily basis. Concorde helps equip you through real-world training to serve in this critical healthcare role through a comprehensive skills foundation.

Program goals

To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Classroom-to-career skills training

Concorde's respiratory therapist programs emphasize the following:

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Bronchodilator
  • Chest physiotherapy
  • Patient teaching and instruction
  • ECG

Programmatic Outcomes

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.

Student Learning Outcome Data

Career Outlook

Career Outlook

Respiratory Therapist jobs are projected to grow at a much-faster-than-average rate of 19 percent. This field is forecast to continue its growth because of increasing middle-aged and elderly populations where increases in respiratory conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and pneumonia can increase the need for respiratory care. Find out more about what a career in respiratory therapy looks like.

*Source: 2019-2029

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

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

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