program overview

respiratory therapy

student practicing intubating a mannequin

* 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. 

how to apply: 

program applications are accepted november 1– february 1.

  1. view the admissions checklist.
  2. use the button below to apply to durham tech following the health technologies enrollment steps. once prerequisites are completed,
  3. apply to the respiratory therapy program using the program admissions application.
  4. the essential skills and technology proficiency forms must also be completed for admission into the program.

if you have questions about admissions requirements after reviewing the above information, you may contact janemarie baker, program director or donna alston, admissions counselor.

fall application deadline is feb 01

Estimated Tuition & Fees


degree type

associate in applied science (aas)


main campus, online

credit hours


program stats

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average salary

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average class size


estimated completion time

18-19 months

upcoming program events

current and 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-111 therapeutics/diagnostics 5
rcp-112 patient management 4
rcp-115 c-p pathophysiology 2
rcp-123 special practice lab 1
rcp-153 rcp clinical practice iii 3
rcp-211 adv monitoring/procedures 4
rcp-215 career preparation 1
rcp-222 special practice lab 1
rcp-245 rcp clinical practice v 5
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