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Respiratory Therapy

Long Term

Durham Tech's 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 Technical Community College Respiratory Therapy Program, CoARC program number 200027,  Associate Degree in Applied Science awarded at the main campus location is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( 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. Program outcomes are listed on the COARC website.

How to Apply

Program applications are accepted until February 1.

Before you Apply

View the Admissions Checklist and attend a mandatory information session. They are listed in the Upcoming Events section below during the application period.

Apply to the College

New students who are not currently enrolled at Durham Tech should apply to the College using the Health Tech Students then Steps to Apply.

Apply to the Program

Once prerequisites are completed, apply to the Respiratory Therapy program during the application period using the online Health and Wellness Admissions Application.

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Degree Type

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


Main Campus, Online

Credit Hours


First-Semester Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours
ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
BIO-168 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
RCP-110 Introduction to Respiratory Care 4
RCP-113 RCP Pharmacology 2
RCP-114 C-P Anatomy & Physiology 3
RCP-132 RCP Clinical Practice I 2

Suggested Paths

Short Term

(12 months or less)

Long Term

(More than 12 months)
headshot of Molly Fahey

“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