Program Overview

Respiratory Therapy

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*This program is financial aid eligible.
The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares individuals to function as respiratory therapists through demonstrated competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice. Graduates perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with exposure to current and emerging practice settings.

The curriculum prepares graduates to operate within inter-professional teams and effectively communicate with clients/patients of various ages, ethnicities, and cultures. Application of problem solving strategies, applying ethical decision making, and understanding professional responsibilities are emphasized.

Graduates are eligible to complete the credentialing process through the National Board for Respiratory Care, which will qualify them for a license to practice in a variety of healthcare settings with responsibilities for assessment, treatment, management and education of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases.

Program Goal

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).

The Durham Tech Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the (Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Program outcomes are also listed on the COARC website. 

View the Admissions ChecklistEssential Skills form, and Admissions Application.

Next Application Deadline is Feb 01

Estimated Tuition & Fees

Main Campus, Online



Credit Hours

Program Stats

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Estimated Completion Time

18-19 months

Upcoming Program Events

Upcoming Course Offerings

Course Number Title Credit Hours
ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
BIO-168 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO-169 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3
RCP-110 Intro to Respiratory Care 4
RCP-111 Therapeutics/Diagnostics 5
RCP-112 Patient Management 4
RCP-113 RCP Pharmacology 2
RCP-114 C-P Anatomy & Physiology 3
RCP-115 C-P Pathophysiology 2
RCP-123 Special Practice Lab 1
RCP-132 RCP Clinical Practice I 2
RCP-144 RCP Clinical Practice II 4
RCP-153 RCP Clinical Practice III 3
RCP-210 Critical Care Concepts 4
RCP-211 Adv Monitoring/Procedures 4
RCP-214 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 2
RCP-215 Career Preparation 1
RCP-222 Special Practice Lab 1
RCP-223 Special Practice Lab 1
RCP-234 RCP Clinical Practice IV 4
RCP-245 RCP Clinical Practice V 5

“The Respiratory Therapy program has given me a career path and it is such a great program. The instructors really know their stuff and they genuinely care about us succeeding.”

—Molly Fahey, 2018 Graduate