Respiratory Therapy Associate Degree Program
A respiratory therapist is a valuable member of a medical care team who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders.
Careers as a Respiratory Therapist
When you’re a Pima Medical Institute student, you get access to our Career Services team—here for you when you need extra help with finding the right job opportunities, building a resume, strengthening your interview skills or just looking for general guidance.
At Pima Medical Institute, most programs allow students to work in their field through clinical externships—a chance to be mentored by full-time professionals and interface with real patients.
In addition to real-world experience, clinical externships offer students resume-worthy opportunities, letters of recommendation from supervisors and sometimes job placement directly after graduation.
Learn more about the courses in this program.
Program Outline for All Locations Except Houston
*The total number of program hours is 1,955 at all campuses except Las Vegas, which has 2,000 hours. The Las Vegas program includes one additional 3 credit class (HST 205 Nevada History and US Constitution). Graduates of the program receive an Occupational Associate degree. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Therapist Multiple- Choice Examination (TMC). Following successful performance on the TMC, the graduate is then eligible to take the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) for credentialing as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
Program Outline for Houston
*The total number of program hours is 2,025. Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC). Following successful performance on the TMC, the graduate is then eligible to take the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) for credentialing as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
Success Is Within Reach
We are truly invested in making sure our students succeed.
“After completing my clinical experience, I was hired at St. Anthony North Medical Health Center in Westminster, Colorado. I love my job! Recently, I have been working in the COVID-19 ICU. I help intubate, manage ventilators and endotracheal tubes and give breathing treatments to those struggling to breathe. I feel like I have found my calling.”
Bryanna Bow, Respiratory Therapy Graduate
Pima Medical Blog
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