What's Your Goal?
If your goal is to work in the fast-paced, challenging specialization of Respiratory Care as a licensed, Registered Respiratory Therapist, then completion of RACC's respiratory care Associate in Applied Science Degree is an excellent choice to achieve your career goal.
We Help You Get There With..
- Clinical cohort of only 24 students
- 12 Clinical Affiliates within a five-county region
- State-of-the-art classroom and lab technologies
- Student scholarships, supported by the Berks TB Society
The AAS program in Respiratory Care prepares graduates to work in hospitals, rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities, patients' homes, and physician offices to assess and treat patients with breathing disorders. Respiratory Care students participate in diverse classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences in the Berks, Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon and Lehigh counties. The laboratory portion prepares students for hands-on work in real-world patient care.
What You Will Learn
- The fundamental knowledge to pass NBRC credentialing exams
- The skills to provide treatment, assessment, diagnostic evaluation, and care to patients with cardiac and pulmonary pathologies
- The ability to manage invasive and noninvasive ventilatory support for neonates, children, and adults
The need for Respiratory Therapists is estimated to grow at an annual rate of 28% across the United States. View the Occupational Handbook for Respiratory Therapists.
Articulation agreement with Alvernia University (Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Science) with all credits earned as part of the AAS in Respiratory Care transferring into Alvernia.
Excellent clinical practice rotations are the backbone of any Respiratory Care program. Clinical practice allows the student to use classroom learning in a "real life" setting. The RACC Respiratory Care program utilizes a variety of institutions in Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh, and Montgomery counties. Students rotate through these hospitals in all terms to gain experience in all aspects of respiratory care. Clinical affiliates include:
- Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital, Rehabilitation Hospital and Pediatric LTACH
- Lehigh Valley Health Network (Cedar Crest campus)
- Lehigh Valley Health Network (Muhlenberg campus)
- PennState Health St. Joseph
- Phoenixville Hospital
- Reading Health System
- Respiratory Specialties & Sleep Health Center
- St. Luke's University Health Network (Bethlehem campus)
- St. Luke's University Health Network (Allentown campus)
- St. Luke's University Health Network (Miner’s campus)
- WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital
- WellSpan Medical Equipment
- Wellspan Good Samaritan Lebanon
- Be a graduate of an approved secondary school or hold a high school equivalency diploma (GED).
- Complete and submit the RACC Application for Admission.
- Take RACC placement tests in reading, writing, and mathematics, which may increase the number of courses required to complete the degree, or transfer coursework in English Composition and Math at another college into RACC.
- Follow the Selective Admissions Process for the Respiratory Care Program as listed on the Programs website and in the college catalog.
- Every student must meet with the Respiratory Care Program Director and submit a Letter of Intent to the Program Director by April 15 prior to the intended Fall clinical (RES) courses.
Want To Learn More?
- View the Respiratory Care curriculum in the catalog.
- Contact an enrollment specialist at email@example.com, 610.607.6224 or 800.626.1665.
- Stop by the Welcome Center in the Berks Hall lobby.
- View the estimated program costs for this program.
- Get financial aid help at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610.607.6225.
- The Reading Area Community College Respiratory Care Program, CoARC Program number 200387, Associates of Applied Science, Reading campus is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).
- Respiratory Care Program Outcomes