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Respiratory Care Programs

Discover a Rewarding Career in Respiratory Care

St. Louis Community College offers two degree programs in respiratory care. The associate degree is an entry-level program. The two-year program provides a perfect fit for someone who doesn't have four years to commit to earning a bachelor's degree or would prefer to advance their education later while working in the field. The respiratory care bachelor's path prepares students for roles not historically open to people with a two-year degree. Bachelor degree-seeking students receive training that prepares them for positions in management, research, education and advanced clinical practice.

With both programs, students will have access to:

  • Expert instruction by experienced faculty
  • Learning with the latest technology
  • Affordable education
  • Real life practice with a career focus

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Becoming a Registered Respiratory Therapist

When you graduate from either respiratory care degree program, you will be eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams to obtain the Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) credential.

You can enhance your employment prospects and demonstrate specialty by sitting for exams for other credentials that you will be eligible to earn from the NBRC.

These exams include:

  • Adult Critical Care Specialist (ACCS)
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist (NPS)
  • Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT)
  • Sleep Disorders Specialist (SDS)
  • Asthma Educator Specialist (AE-C)



Respiratory Therapy Program Options

Learn more about the respiratory care programs offered at St. Louis Community College


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