Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapy, or respiratory care, is an allied health profession specializing in cardiopulmonary disorders and diseases. A respiratory therapist can be instrumental in assisting in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a wide spectrum of disorders affecting the heart and lungs. 

A registered respiratory therapist (RRT) requires a minimum of a two-year degree and most RRTs work in a hospital. Monroe County Community College graduates of the Respiratory Therapy program exceed the national averages for success on board exams. 

Future employment for registered respiratory therapists is considered excellent nationwide. Graduate therapists are prepared to:

  • Assume basic or advanced respiratory care positions in hospitals, nursing homes, subacute care centers, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, home care companies, asthma clinics, sleep disorders laboratories and pulmonary function laboratories;
  • Continue higher education, if desired.


Monroe County Community College, CoARC program number 200295, associate of science in Respiratory Therapy program, campus located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, MI 48161, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

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