Majors & Programs

Majors and Programs

At UC Clermont, we offer a wide variety of associate degree programs. Some programs are intended for transition to UC Clifton or to other baccalaureate institutions, while others are career-oriented degrees leading directly to employment after graduation.

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Respiratory Care

What is Respiratory Care?

Respiratory care is the evaluation, treatment and care of patients with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders. Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for all therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures. Respiratory therapists also provide complex therapy requiring considerable independent judgment, such as caring for patients on life support in intensive-care units of hospitals.

Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people whose lungs are diseased. They provide temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma or emphysema, as well as emergency care to patients who are victims of a heart attack, stroke, drowning or shock.

In home care, therapists teach patients and their families to use ventilators and other life-support systems. In addition, they visit patients several times a month to inspect and clean equipment and to ensure its proper use. Therapists also make emergency visits if equipment problems arise.

Therapists’ tasks are expanding into areas such as pulmonary rehabilitation, smoking cessation counseling, disease prevention, case management and polysomnography (the diagnosis of breathing disorders during sleep, such as apnea). Respiratory therapists also increasingly treat critical care patients, either as part of surface- and air-transport teams or as part of rapid-response teams in hospitals.

Success Factors

A successful respiratory therapist will be sensitive to patients’ physical and psychological needs. You must pay attention to detail, follow instructions and work as part of a team. In addition, operating advanced equipment requires proficiency with computers, basic mathematical problem-solving and an understanding of chemical and physical principles. You should be able to work evenings, nights or weekends and spend long periods standing and walking between patient rooms. (Additional physical demands and personal qualities are listed in the Respiratory Care Student Handbook.) You must be willing to study throughout your career in order to keep up with medical advances.

Career Possibilities

Respiratory care is an excellent, constantly growing and changing field. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that respiratory care is one of the fastest-growing careers in the health care field. It is expected to grow 19% through 2022.

Minoring in Respiratory Care

You may not minor in respiratory care.

Curriculum Guides

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The UC Clermont College campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

As an allied health student, you will take your core courses at UC East. It's just a few miles away, on the east side of Batavia, and is a short drive from our main campus. It has plenty of parking, comfy study areas, and computer labs available for student use.

At the end of your first year, you may apply for a student license to practice respiratory care in the state of Ohio while finishing your degree program. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to sit for the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams. After passing the board exams, graduates may apply for a state license which allows them to function as a therapist limited only by the scope of practice prescribed by the authorizing state.

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Special Programs

The Learning Center at UC Clermont provides free tutoring and online resources to help students get ahead and stay ahead in their classes.

Freshman Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first year student, you will need to take the placement test. This test does not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

Additional admissions requirements include the following:

  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations

You must also have successfully taken high school biology, chemistry, and physics within six years with a C or better. If not, you must take Biology for Health Professionals and Technical Programs I, Introduction  to Chemistry and Biochemistry lecture and lab, and Physics for Allied Health before applying for progression to the respiratory care program.

You must also hold current certification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider with AED (automatic electrical defibrillator). Most fire departments offer this training at a nominal charge, or you may call the AHA to see where they offer local training. You may also obtain this certification by successful completion of our course CPR I and First Aid.

Transferring to UC Requirements

To transfer to UC Clermont, you must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

You must also meet all first-year admission requirements.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form available from most UC admissions offices (including ours, 513-732-5319). You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

You must also meet all first-year admission requirements.

International Student Requirements

You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements, and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office (513-556-2069) for details, or email with questions.

Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

Graduation Requirements

You must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor or Student Success and Retention Services (513-732-5319) for specific information well in advance of your final semester.

Application Deadlines

UC Clermont College is an open admission campus. Students may begin classes in any semester. Each semester has an application deadline of approximately four weeks before classes begin to allow for timely paperwork and financial aid processing. Students who apply after the deadline will be admitted to the next semester. For specific deadline information, call 513-732-5319 or visit

You should plan to start respiratory care in the fall semester, because the basic series of foundation courses required for this program starts in the fall and continues sequentially through the spring.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The Cincinnati Respiratory Care Program, Clermont College, is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Our program number is 200260.

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Quick Facts

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Care

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


UC Clermont & UC East

Admission Criteria



Clermont College
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513) 732-5319
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