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.

Accreditation 

Monroe County Community College Respiratory Therapy Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The CoARC’s main webpage is http://www.coarc.com. For additional information comparing the student outcomes for MCCC program with those from all other accredited programs in the country go to https://coarc.com/students/programmatic-outcomes-data/

Monroe County Community College program CoARC number is 200295. CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.