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Respiratory Therapy Associate of Science Degree Program

North Hollywood, CA


As a Respiratory Therapist you can help those having issues breathing, whether it from a blocked passageway, intense asthma attack, or another life-threatening experience.

Respiratory Therapist Career Overview

Respiratory therapists (RTs) are 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.

North Hollywood Respiratory Therapy Associate Degree Program Overview

With Concorde North Hollywood, you’ll have the opportunity to develop the skills you need to act as the calm, caring professional patients rely on — all in as few as 17 .*

  • 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 17 months of study.*

Now Enrolling for the Respiratory Therapy Degree Program

Think a career as a respiratory therapist could be a breath of fresh air? Contact Concorde North Hollywood 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 2021-2031 projected job demand Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

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. 




National Employment Demand (2021-2031)**


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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?


North Hollywood Respiratory Therapy Degree 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).

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Applied Respiratory Therapeutics
  • Clinical Medicine


Lab Hours

Hands-on On-Campus

Practice what you've learned on-campus through lab and patient simulations.


Clinical Hours

Real-World Application

Apply what you've learned in clinical settings working with real patients under the guidance of health care professionals .

Respiratory Therapy Program Curriculum

The respiratory therapy associate degree program teaches a combination of general knowledge, clinical knowledge and practical skills for treating patients with breathing disorders. As part of this 17-month program, students will practice their knowledge in lab simulations and are required to complete clinical rotations to apply knowledge and skills in real-world care settings.ᶛᶛ

Respiratory Therapy Degree Program Delivery

The respiratory therapy associate degree program is delivered in a blended format.

The Blended Learning approach provides a hands-on career focused respiratory therapy program leverages a model that delivers coursework entirely online, entirely on-ground or with an appropriate blend of both online and on-ground hours in the same course

  • You will complete some coursework and lab assignments conveniently online.
  • With support from a dedicated online success coach to help you get accustomed to virtual learning.

Additionally you will visit the campus to apply theory to practice in simulation labs.

  • With guidance from instructors with real-world experience you will practice intubation, respiratory care, 

The third element of Concorde's blended learning model is practical hands-on application in a health care setting. - the Clinical Experience.

  • Your clinical experience provides a variety of patient cases and medical professional interactions - helping you better prepare for a career as a respiratory therapist.ᶛᶛ

Respiratory Therapy Licensure & Certification

Graduates of the respiratory therapy program may be prepared to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care examinations

The cost for your certification exam as well as pre-certification exam prep coursework is covered by Concorde.

Tuition fee for the program of study includes the cost for an eligible graduate's first attempt to sit for professional certification.

Concorde expects all students to complete pre-certification exam prep training through the campus resources at no additional cost to the student.***

Dedicated Support for Respiratory Therapy Students

Students are not alone, you'll have access to many resources to help you throughout your program of study. Starting with your Program Director and instructors you'll learn from professionals who have worked in your field and understand the challenges you'll face.

You will also have access to a team of resources from student affairs to career specialists. Additionally key to your success is your dedicated Online Success Coach, who will help you get comfortable with virtual learning, accessing resources and troubleshooting challenges.

Whether you need technical or academic help outside of class time, you have someone to turn to when things get hard and who are there to cheer you on throughout your program.

North Hollywood Respiratory Therapy Program Learning 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.

Concorde's Student Learning outcomes are based upon CoARC's criteria as of the 2019 calendar year, along with definitions; are available on the CoARC website and in the following table. Student Learning Outcome Data

Program IDRetentionJob PlacementTMC High Cut ScoreRRT SuccessEmployer SatisfactionGraduation SatisfactionTotal Grads 2021Total Grads 2020Total Grads 2019Max Annual Enroll 2021Total Enroll 2021Total Enroll 2020Total Enroll 2019
National Avg91%86%83%72%99%99%15151630191919

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. 


Joseph Curry North Hollywood Respiratory Therapy Program Director

North Hollywood Respiratory Therapy Program Director

Joseph Curry, MSHA, RRT

I was fresh out of high school and  had no idea what to do with my life.  With guidance from my family, I came to realize that I needed to a career that would provide for myself and my future family.  I liked the idea of helping people. So I looked to the healthcare field and discovered respiratory therapy. I was amazed at what I was able to do when I actually started to care for patients.

My journey has brought me to Concorde - twice. As a student/graduate and now as an educator. I truly enjoy helping students discover the impact they will have as a respiratory therapist.

As the program director, I want students to know that this is going to be a lot of work. They will have a lot of reading, studying, and long hours as part of their clinical rotation.  They will need to take the program seriously if they want to succeed. And I will be there encouraging them along the way. 

Most importantly, I want students to know that once done, they will be rewarded with an amazing career that is all about helping people.  

Being able to help students succeed motivate me to come to work.  Going through and graduating from this program is an amazing accomplishment, I know because I did it 20-years ago.  The feeling of satisfaction when you reach your goal and graduate is a wonderful feeling, knowing I am helping other people feel that way is very rewarding.

Career Outlook

Respiratory Therapists Continue to be in Demand

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. 


Projected national job demand for Respiratory Therapists, 2021-2031**

Demand Grows for Respiratory Therapists

**Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021-2031 projected job demand Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

What do Respiratory Therapists and Respiratory Care Practitioner do?

Respiratory Care Practitioners (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. The RCP must be sensitive to the needs of those who have serious physical, mental, or psychological impairments. The RCP must also be able to cope with emergencies and work well as a member of the healthcare team.

Respiratory Therapy Graduates may also serve as:

  • Asthma Educators
  • Patient Educators
  • Case Managers
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Specialists
  • Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation Specialists
  • Sleep Specialists

Where do Respiratory Therapists Work

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

What are possible career paths for a Respiratory Therapist?

Respiratory Therapy (RT) Infographic

Note: Concorde does not guarantee graduation, licensure, employment, responsibilities or subsequent salary.

Address and Hours

North Hollywood Campus

12412 Victory Blvd.
North Hollywood, California 91606

PH: (818) 850-7623
FX: (818) 301-2626

Campus Hours of Operation

Monday8 am - 8 pm
Tuesday8 am - 8 pm
Wednesday8 am - 8 pm
Thursday8 am - 8 pm
Friday8 am - 5 pm
SaturdayBy Appointment


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.


The Respiratory Therapy program at the Concorde North Hollywood campus (#200440) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

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