Respiratory Care

VC’s Respiratory Care Program offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. Successful completion of this program will enable graduates to take a series of national board exams to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

As a respiratory therapists you will work under the direction of a physician to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders.

You may work in any of a number of settings, including:

  • Hospitals giving breathing treatments to people with asthma and other respiratory conditions. 
  • Intensive care units managing ventilators that keep the critically ill alive. 
  • Emergency rooms delivering life-saving treatments. 
  • Newborn and pediatric units helping children with conditions ranging from premature birth to cystic fibrosis. 
  • Patients' homes providing regular check-ups and making sure people have what they need to stay out of the hospital. 
  • Sleep laboratories helping to diagnose disorders like sleep apnea. 
  • Skilled nursing facilities and pulmonary rehabilitation programs helping older people breathe easier and get more out of life. 
  • Case management programs helping devise long-term care plans for patients.

In addition to basic academic classes, the Respiratory Care Program also includes specialized training such as:

  • Pulmonary diagnostics
  • Respiratory home care and rehabilitation
  • Basic dysrhythmia interpretation
  • Pediatric advanced life support

VC’s Associate of Applied Science degree in respiratory care may be combined with the core curriculum to transfer to a four-year university. There are many specialization options available to continue your education in healthcare.

Watch the Respiratory Care Program Video

Apply to the Program

See departmental website for admissions information.

Degree Plans

AAS Degree - Respiratory Care

Allied Health Clinical Orientation & Requirements

In addition to the above degree program, Victoria College offers a number of training courses for Healthcare Professions through its Workforce & Continuing Education Department.


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