Prepare for a fast-paced, high-demand career. Blend high-tech training with compassionate care as you gain the skills required to be a specialist in assessing and treating people with breathing and cardiopulmonary disorders. Work closely with doctors, nurses and other clinicians in emergency rooms, critical care units, diagnostic centers, clinics and home health care organizations.
SFCC’s Respiratory Care Program prepares students to become knowledgeable, competent, effective, and ethical respiratory care practitioners consistent with the professional, community, and employer expectations of registered respiratory therapists (RRT). Graduates will have demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists.
Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people whose lungs are diseased. They provide temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma or emphysema, as well as emergency care to patients who are victims of acute trauma, heart attack, stroke, drowning or shock.
- Hospital rapid-response team
- Pediatric hospitals
- Rehabilitation centers
- Physician offices
- Pulmonary function laboratories
- Home medical care companies
- Ground and air medical ambulance transport services
- Sleep study centers
- Neonatal intensive care units
Students who successfully complete the A.A.S. in Respiratory Care are eligible to apply to sit for the board examination series administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Graduates who successfully complete the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) and Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) exam series are eligible for licensure as a registered respiratory therapist (RRT).
Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC) The TMC Examination is designed to objectively measure essential knowledge required of respiratory therapists at entry into practice, as well as determine eligibility for the Clinical Simulation Examination. There are two cut scores for the TMC Examination. If a candidate achieves the low cut score, he or she will earn the CRT credential. If a candidate achieves the high cut score, he or she will earn the CRT credential AND become eligible for the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE), (provided the candidate is eligible to earn the RRT credential).
TMC Admission Policy
1. Be 18 years of age or older.
2. Be a graduate of and have a minimum of an associate degree from a respiratory therapy education program supported or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE)
CSE Admission Policy
- Be a CRT and have successfully completed the Therapist Written Examination (WRRT) or the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC) at the high cut score.
- Be a graduate of and have a minimum of an associate degree from a respiratory therapy education program supported or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions. For more information on transfer, refer to the Transfer of Credit section, the SFCC Respiratory Care web page, or speak with an academic advisor.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Respiratory Therapists, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/respiratory-therapists.htm (visited April 15, 2021).
Respiratory Care Program Online Application
Respiratory Program Course Sequence
Fall Semester: (14.5 credits) (16 weeks)
|AHAC 151||Basic Life Support (On Own, exp. date 2/2022 or later)||0.5/0||0.5|
|RESP 112||Respiratory Care Anatomy and Physiology CP (Block 1 – 5 weeks)||3/2||4|
|RESP 120||Therapeutic Modalities (Block 3 – 5 weeks)||3/4||5|
|RESP 122||Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology I (Block 1 – 5 weeks)||1/0||1|
|RESP 125||Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology I (Block 3 – 5 weeks)||1/0||1|
|RESP 130L||Clinical I (Blocks 2 and 4) 6 weeks off campus||0/9||3|
3 Weeks off between Semesters
Spring Semester: (16 credits) (18 weeks – early start)
|RESP 160||Ventilator Management (Block 3 – 4 weeks)||3/4||5|
|RESP 162||Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics (Block 1 – 4 weeks)||3/2||4|
|RESP 164||Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology II (Block 5 – 3 weeks)||2/0||2|
|RESP 166||Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology II (Block 5 – 3 week)||1/0||1|
|RESP 170L||Clinical II (Blocks 2, 4 and 6) 6 weeks off campus||0/12||4|
Spring break, off and 1 week off between semesters
Summer Semester: (9 credits) (11 weeks – early start/late finish)
|RESP 214||ACLS (Block 1 – Week 5)||1/2||1|
|RESP 220||Respiratory Care Seminar – Critical Care Topics (Block 1 – 4 weeks)||3/2||4|
|AHAC 281||Respiratory Care Seminar – Alternate Sites (Block 3 – 2 weeks)||1/0||2|
|RESP 230L||Clinical III (Block 2)3 Weeks off campus||0/6||2|
1 week off between semesters
Fall Semester: (13 credits) (17 weeks – late finish or early start)
|RESP 240||Professional Development (Blended online / on campus course – 16 weeks)||2/0||2|
|RESP 260||Neonatal Pediatric Respiratory Care (Block 2 – 3 weeks)||2/2||3|
|AHAC 284||PALS (Block 2)||1/0||1|
|RESP 270L||Clinical IV (Block 1 and Block 3)12 weeks off campus||0/21||7|
Program Elective (Any Semester)
|Course #||Course||Lecture/Lab Hours||Credits|
|RESP 298||Respiratory Therapy Internship (Can be taken in any semester and can be repeated for up to 6 credits total)||0/||0.5 – 1|
*The SFCC Respiratory Care Program is taught in Blocks and alternates between campus-based courses and clinical courses.
CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To 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.
- Certification of Accreditation
- CoARC Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award 2018
- CoARC Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award 2019
- CoARC Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award 2020