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3-Year Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care
The respiratory care degree is designed to prepare students to function with intelligence, skills, and behaviors of a registered respiratory therapist through various technical courses and clinical experiences. These experiences include cardiopulmonary assessment, basic care in oxygen, aerosol, hyperinflation, bronchial hygiene therapies, critical care, physiologic monitoring, cardiopulmonary diagnostics and rehabilitation, home care, as well as perinatal and pediatric respiratory care. The primary purpose of respiratory care is to aid the physician in the diagnostic evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients with lung and/or heart disease.
The religion, humanities, social sciences, math, and sciences courses assist the student to develop an understanding of self, the environment, and one’s relationship to life and service. In addition, the respiratory care student will study the expanded therapist’s role in the healthcare system including research, leadership, management, and education.
Respiratory Care Program Scorecard
Job placement rate
Board pass rate*
+As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2018 in Ohio
*As reported by the Respiratory Care program for 2019 graduates as of February 2020
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Respiratory care is one of the most rapidly growing and challenging specialty areas in the health sciences.
100% job placement rate*
100% pass rates on RRT credentialing exams*
* Data obtained from the 2019 report to CoARC and reflects 2018, 2019 graduating cohort results.
Approval & Accreditation
The Kettering College entry into respiratory care base program #200073 is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). For further information regarding the Kettering College respiratory care program outcomes data, please visit the CoARC website.
Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. Programmatic outcomes data reported on the CoARC website include:
3-year time period being reported; Credentialing success on specialty examinations, if applicable; Attrition; Overall Graduate Satisfaction; Professional Advancement; On-time Graduation Rate; Total number of program enrollees; Total number of program graduates; Maximum Annual Enrollment.
Kettering College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, approved by the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA), and authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
Professional Licensure & Certification Disclosures for Respiratory Care
Graduates from Kettering College’s CoARC-accredited Respiratory Care program meet the educational requirements to apply for the NBRC Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) examination to qualify for the NBRC Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential. Candidates who achieve the high cut score on the Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) are eligible to apply for the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) which is required for the NBRC Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. Graduates are eligible to become licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner by the Ohio Respiratory Care Board (http://www.state.oh.us/rsp/ ). Licensure from the Ohio Respiratory Care Board is required for employment in Ohio. Those interested in seeking certification and/or licensure to practice respiratory care in other states should contact those states for licensure requirements, visit the American Academy of Respiratory Care resources Respiratory Therapist State Licensure Information and Contacts, and and Kettering College’s Professional Licensure by Program – Respiratory Care document.