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Respiratory Care

Help Others Breathe Easy… Study Respiratory Care

Respiratory care practitioners (RCPs), also known as respiratory therapists, are highly motivated individuals responsible for the prevention, treatment, management, and rehabilitation of patients of all ages with deficiencies or abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system.

At Sinclair Community College, our respiratory care program provides you with a breadth of knowledge and practical experience in this fast-paced health care field. If you choose this career path, your daily routine can involve variety of tasks, such as working with sophisticated equipment in the adult and newborn intensive care units, administering breathing treatments and oxygen, operating diagnostic equipment and much more.

Our program is specifically designed to provide you with the educational skill development and clinical experience to function under medical direction as a competent respiratory care practitioner. The coursework for this program ranges from human biology to pathophysiology and respiratory critical care to pediatrics.

This program might be for you if:

  • You would like to work in medical field focused on critical care and therapy.
  • You are a person who enjoys meeting and helping other people.
  • You enjoy working with a diverse population, performing a variety of tasks.
  • You want to gain new skills that are in demand across the country.

Respiratory care is a career for individuals seeking to apply their technical, scientific and human relation skills in the health care industry. This educational path also allows you to expand expertise as a respiratory therapist into the areas of management, research, medical sales, or even education.

Important Information about Health Sciences Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment (general education and division specific courses) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.

Degree Programs

Respiratory Care - Associate of Applied Science

Respiratory care practitioners are responsible for the prevention, treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients of all ages with deficiencies or abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system.

The Respiratory Care program is designed to be completed in six (6) semesters on a full-time basis.

The degree program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. The Respiratory Care program adheres to a competitive selection process for entry to limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required and an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 is necessary for continuance in the program and graduation.

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Program Accreditation Information
This program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244; 817-283-2835; Fax: 817-354-8519; Web Page: www.coarc.com


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Transfer Opportunities

Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Web site »

Articulation & Transfer Agreements

Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »

Ohio Transfer Module

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.

Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module »

Transferring Individual Classes

In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including some respiratory care program requirements, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »

General Agreements

While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Your transfer opportunities
may include:

  • Antioch University McGregor
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • Purdue University
  • Strayer University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University
  • and more…

View articulation agreements »

Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Related Programs

Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in the respiratory care program, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: