According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many employers prefer to hire respiratory therapists who have certification. Certification is not always required, but it is widely respected throughout the occupation. Certification usually requires graduating from an accredited program and passing a certification exam and is often required in order to get a state license.*
At American Career College, our Associate of Occupational Science degree in Respiratory Therapy is designed to prepare you to sit for the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) exams (written and clinical simulation), offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
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The ACC Respiratory Therapy program is designed to help you acquire the knowledge and training to evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders, from infants whose lungs are not fully developed to the elderly whose lungs are diseased.
Through a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical studies, you will develop a range of skills relevant to the roles and responsibilities of a respiratory therapist, including:
After successfully completing the program, you will be eligible to sit for the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) exams (written and clinical simulation), offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
The focus is on your success!
The goal of our program is to help you graduate with the confidence and qualifications to begin your career as a respiratory therapist.*
*ACC cannot guarantee employment.
The Respiratory Therapy program is available at the following campuses:
Respiratory therapists generally work in hospitals or other clinical settings. Successful completion of the ACC Respiratory Therapy program requires clinical experience, where you will work with patients who have a variety of ailments and conditions that prohibit their cardiopulmonary system from working correctly.
After completing ACC's career-focused Associate of Occupational Science degree, you can expect to qualify for entry-level positions and be ready to interview for employment at:
A few interesting statistics* about respiratory therapy careers:
A few places where graduates from various ACC programs have been hired:
Many area employers are very familiar with the quality of ACC's health care training programs and our school's track record for preparing confident, qualified professionals for rewarding careers. Our graduates have been hired by:
This curriculum is divided into eight 10-week quarters consisting of general education, anatomy and physiology, core respiratory therapy and clinical practicum courses. Clinical experience, which occurs in an appropriate hospital or clinical setting, is also required for successful completion of the program. These clinical rotations, which begin in quarter five, comprise a total of 960 hours. In addition to general education courses, core courses in ACC's Respiratory Therapy program include:
Other core courses in this program include:
Once you have completed your ACC training and earned your associate degree, you'll be ready to pursue exciting career opportunities. As an entry-level respiratory therapist, your day-to-day responsibilities* may include:
You'll be on your way!
As you begin your career as a respiratory therapist, the ongoing development of your skills can create increased opportunities for advancement. Even after you are employed, ACC's Career Services team will remain committed to providing you with the resources, support and personalized assistance you need to keep your career on the fast track.
* Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/respiratory-therapists.htm
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*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11
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