Kettering College Respiratory Program Reports Exceptional Outcomes


Kettering College’s Respiratory Care Program Releases Three-Year Graduate Data Outlining High Pass Rates and Job Placement

KETTERING, Ohio, October 28, 2016 –With 98 percent job placement within three months of graduation and 98 percent first-time pass rates on national credentialing exams, Kettering College has distinguished itself as a recognized leader in respiratory care education through reported data released this week.

The national employment rate for new respiratory therapists is 84.6%. Closer to home, it’s even better. Ninety-eight percent of those who complete the respiratory care program at Kettering College are employed in the field within three months of graduation.

Prior to working in the field, students must pass two examinations.  First, graduates must pass the therapist multiple choice exam (TMC) earning the high cut score.  This allows the graduate to receive the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential, and allows them to sit for the clinical simulation exam (CSE).   “Kettering’s perfect pass rate on the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) CRT at the high cut score level was far above the national first-time pass rate of 73 percent,” said Nancy Colletti, director of the respiratory care program at Kettering College.

In order to become a registered respiratory therapist (RRT), individuals then must pass a required clinical simulation exam. The national first-time pass rate for that is 53 percent, compared to 78 percent for Kettering College.  Overall, 98% of Kettering College graduates have earned the RRT credential.

“The demand for respiratory therapists has never been higher, with the number of positions expected to grow by 19 percent between 2012 and 2022—faster than average among all occupations,” says Colletti. “This anticipated growth is largely due to the fact that our population is aging, and older people are most likely to have breathing problems that require respiratory care.”

Respiratory therapists take care of patients with asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, and sleep apnea, as well as premature infants with undeveloped lungs and patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock. The occupation is a good fit for those who want to help others, enjoy working with technology, have an aptitude for math and science, like variety, and want a career that offers multiple opportunities for advancement.

Kettering College has also earned the “Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Award for Credentialing Success” from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care for three consecutive years.

Kettering College admits up to 24 students a year to their respiratory care program. On November 9, Kettering College is hosting an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. for those interested in learning more about the school’s three-year bachelor’s degree in respiratory care.  For details, visit


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