Program Facts

Gain skills to treat people with asthma, cystic fibrosis, emphysema and other conditions.

Curriculum prepares you for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exams from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).†

Complete your associate degree program in as few as 18 months of study.*

Program Overview

Respiratory therapists (RTs) are unsung heroes of health care, providing support and treatment to patients with acute and long-term breathing problems.

As an RT, you’ll need to understand the anatomy and physiology of the lungs and heart, as well as various disorders and diseases which can affect them. You’ll need to understand therapies and interventions available for RTs and what clinical situations call for them. You’ll also need to offer patients a calm, caring professional they can rely on.

With Concorde Aurora, you can learn all this and more in as few as 18 months.*

Respiratory Therapy Curriculum

The respiratory therapy associate degree program teaches a combination of general knowledge, clinical knowledge and practical skills for treating patients with breathing disorders. Students also complete clinical rotationsᶛᶛ to apply knowledge and skills in real-world care settings.

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Applied Respiratory Therapeutics
  • Clinical Medicine

†Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment. Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing these examinations are not controlled by Concorde, but by outside agencies, and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Concorde cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take these exams, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.

ᶛᶛClinical hour requirements and delivery may vary by campus location and may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee clinical site assignments based upon student preference or geographic convenience; nor do clinical experiences guarantee graduation, post-clinical employment or salary outcomes.

 

Accreditation Statement

The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244; 817-283-2835; www.coarc.com.