Jul 19, 2024  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 

Respiratory Therapy: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 70 credits

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Program Description
The Respiratory Therapy program is a selective admission program that takes four semesters to complete once accepted. It is recommended that the student declare a Pre-Medical & Health Sciences Major prior to applying to the program. Successful completion entitles the student to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy and eligibility to sit for the Therapist Multiple Choice Registered Respiratory Therapist board exams.  

Career Opportunities
Respiratory therapists, also known as respiratory care practitioners, provide treatment, evaluation, monitoring and management of patients with breathing disorders or cardiovascular problems. Respiratory therapists administer oxygen, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, manage mechanical ventilators, administer medications, monitor cardiopulmonary systems and measure lung function. Respiratory therapists treat all types of patients: premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed, elderly patients with chronic asthma or emphysema, as well as emergency care for heart attack, stroke, drowning or shock. Respiratory therapists work closely with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals to provide direct care to children and adults, including delivery of oxygen, administration of aerosolized drugs, endotracheal intubation, suctioning, management of life support, weaning of ventilation or life support, insertion of arterial lines, management of tracheostomies, and drawing and interpretation of arterial blood gas samples.  Work settings include acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term acute care facilities, and home health agencies.  

Transfer/Articulation Information
For transfer/articulation information, please see the School of Health Sciences website or this program’s advisor.

Estimated Cost for Students
Current tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Supplies: $50.00
Course Fees: $520.00

NOTE: Fees may vary based upon specific registration and are subject to change.

Program Entry Requirements


  • Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student. See http://www.slcc.edu/apply/index.aspx and declare your major as Pre- Medical & Health Sciences.
  • High School Graduate or equivalent.
  • For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite course work has been completed.
    Send to:
    SLCC Office of the Registrar and Academic Records
    4600 South Redwood Road
    P.O. Box 30808
    Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0808.
  • Also, a request to have an OFFICIAL evaluation of student’s transcript(s) must be submitted to the SLCC Transfer Evaluation Office. The form is located at: http://www.slcc.edu/transcriptevaluation/. This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered.
  • Complete the SLCC placement process, or submit current SAT/ACT test scores, if MATH and ENGL course work have not been transferred to SLCC (required before you are able to register for classes that have MATH and ENGL courses as prerequisites). See: www.slcc.edu/testing.


This program is selective admission and has additional requirements to be accepted into the degree program. Specific requirements and process can be found here: http://www.slcc.edu/respiratory-therapy/admissions.aspx. Please contact the Health Sciences Admissions Office, healthsciencesadmissions@slcc.edu or 801-957-6253, for additional information.

The Salt Lake Community College Respiratory Therapy program holds provisional accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC; #200630).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021
Phone: 817-283-2835
Fax: 817-354-8519

To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practices as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). Upon completion of the Respiratory Therapy program, you should have the skills and knowledge needed for board exams; TMC (Therapist Multiple Choice) exam (entry level), WRRT and/or CSE exam(s) (Registered Respiratory Therapist). Exams are administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). Listed exams are required for employment, along with licensure to practice respiratory therapy (Source: www.coarc.com)

Programmatic Outcomes Data
The intent of the reporting is that comparable information be readily available to the public. CoARC has completed the verification of the Outcomes data from the Annual Report of Current Status (RCS). This data is self-reported by respiratory care programs to CoARC and reflects the aggregate data for the three-year time period being reported. 


General Education Requirements

Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations. 


Program General Education Notes


Quantitative Studies (QS): MATH 1010 or MATH 1040 or MATH 1050 or MATH 1060 or MATH 1080 or MATH 1210

Communication (CM): COMM 1010 or COMM 1020 or COMM 2110

Human Relations (HR): HS 2050

Life Sciences (LS): If you are taking Human Anatomy or Human Physiology at SLCC, you must first take BIOL 1610 / BIOL 1615 w/C grade or better.

Physical Science (PS): cleared with CHEM 1110 (Transfer students who have previously completed Human Physiology, CHEM 1010 is accepted)
If you are taking Human Physiology at SLCC, you must first take CHEM 1110 w/C grade or better.

Social Science (SS): PSY 1010 

Program Requirements

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

  • Respiratory Therapy AAS: Full-time  
  • Students will follow the program semester schedule. Once admitted, the program is completed in four semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall).

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Demonstrate basic cardiopulmonary knowledge in respiratory care. [1,2,3,4,6,7]
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and clinical skills in the practice of respiratory care. [2,4,6,7]
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in respiratory care. [1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9]
  • Pass the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Therapist Multiple-Choice Self-Assessment Examination (TMC-SAE) and NBRC Clinical Simulation Self-Assessment Examination (CSE-SAE) exams to achieve graduation. [1,3,4,8]
  • Qualify to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) exam. [1,6,7]

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