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 17 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 San Bernardino, you can learn all this and more in as few as 17 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 rotations to apply knowledge and skills in real-world care settings.

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Applied Respiratory Therapeutics
  • Clinical Medicine
  • 1.9%

    Unemployment Rate for respiratory therapists according to U.S. News & World Report

  • 21%

    National Job Growth projected from 2018-2028

  • 25%

    Job Growth in California projected from 2018-2028


Respiratory therapy job openings are projected to be on a strong upward trajectory nationwide and in California.

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