Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care Degree

UC Clermont’s Respiratory Care Program has clinical affiliations with the majority of hospitals in the Cincinnati area.  Students will incorporate classroom and laboratory experiences into practice at the various clinical sites.

Graduates can work in a variety of careers. Recent graduates are working in areas hospital as staff therapist or shift leaders. Some have become managers or educators while others are employed in home care. You can transition within the UC family to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science in Respiratory Care at our Uptown Campus.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) Exams. After passing the board exam students 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.


Respiratory Care Information Sessions

These one-hour sessions are for anyone planning to major in Respiratory Care or those interested in what the program offers. Most sessions are held at UC East, E-165, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, July 11, 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. in UC East, E-170
Friday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.


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.

Technical Standards and Qualities

The following essential functions are required of all students enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.  Respiratory Therapist are responsible for the care of patients, some of who are critically ill.  They are often required to manage highly complex pieces of equipment, as well as interact with patients in order to make other therapeutic assessments.  Therefore, in order to be successful in the Respiratory Therapy Consortium, all applicants must be able to perform, or learn to perform, the essential functions listed below. Students who are not capable of performing, or do not demonstrate that they effectively performing these essential functions in the classroom, lab or clinical setting will not be permitted to continue in the Respiratory Care Program.

Other personal, technical and physical requirements desired of Respiratory Therapist*

Personal Characteristics

Qualities of Respiratory Therapists usually include:

  • Punctuality and dependability: On time and prepared to start the rotation at the scheduled time.
  • Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.  Accepting constructive criticism and guidance for proper task completion.
  • Active Listening:  Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language for documenting and communicating in a clear and concise manner.
  • Mechanical, Electronic, and Computer skills: these are required in classroom and laboratory activities and in clinical situations.
  • Emotional Stability:  Establish professional relationships, provide client with emotional support, adapt to changing environment/stress, deal with the unexpected (e.g. patient condition, crisis), focus attention on task, cope with own emotions, perform multiple responsibilities concurrently, cope with strong emotions in others (e.g. grief)
  • Analytical Thinking:  Transfer knowledge from one situation to another, process and interpret information from multiple sources, analyze and interpret abstract and concrete data, evaluate outcomes, problem solve, prioritize tasks, use long-term memory, use short-term memory
  • Critical Thinking:  Identify cause-effect relationships, plan/control activities for others, synthesize knowledge and skills, sequence information, make decisions independently, adapt decisions based on new information
  • Interpersonal Skills:  Establish rapport with individuals, families, program  faculty, and other groups; respect/value cultural difference in others, negotiate interpersonal conflict
  • Communication Skills:  Teach (e.g.: client/family about health care), influence people, direct/manage/delegate activities of others, speak English, write English, listen/comprehend spoken/written word, collaborate with others (e.g.: health care workers, peers)

Tools and materials

Respiratory Therapists work with:

  • Life supporting devices, such as mechanical ventilators
  • Computerized instruments that perform a number of tests at the same time
  • Specimens of blood, cells, and other body substances which may be infectious
  • Solutions and reagents
  • Laboratory reports

Physical Demands

You are likely to face the following physical demands as a Respiratory Therapist:

  1. Spend much of the day traveling between patient rooms, various patient care areas, and the Respiratory Care Department. Move and position bedridden patients
  2. Perform physically demanding procedures such as chest physiotherapy and chest compressions.
  3. Possess sufficient auditory perception in order to hear normal levels of speech of patients and staff, assess patient care needs by the use of devices such as a stethoscope, and respond to alarms.
  4. Possess sufficient visual acuity so as to accurately measure medications, read patient records, evaluate information displayed on patient monitors, and make observations of patients as required for Respiratory Care.
  5. Manipulate small pieces of equipment and perform complex skills such as arterial puncture and endotracheal intubation.
  6. Apply sufficient intellectual and emotional skills in order to plan and exercise independent judgment for patient care, and to respond quickly to medical emergencies.

Ethical Standards: A student must demonstrate professional demeanor and behavior and must perform in an ethical manner in all dealings with peers, faculty, staff, and patients.

Personal Traits:  Requires the ability to build constructive and cooperative working relationships with others and maintain them over time and to develop specific goals and priorities to organize and accomplish work.  Must demonstrate professionalism, show the ability to work alone or within a team, demonstrate integrity and sincerity, and show an attitude of caring and sensitivity.  Must demonstrate neatness and good hygiene.  Requires a positive attitude when receiving constructive criticism.

* Reasonable accommodations will be made in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The program reserves the right to require applicants or students to demonstrate the ability to perform any of these essential functions.  Applicants who believe that they may need special accommodation in order to perform one or more of these functions must contact the office listed below for assessment:

UC Clermont Office of Accessibility Resources

Career Possibilities

The graduating class of 2017 saw 100% of students having a job within six months of graduation. Their employers rated them as satisfactory in all areas of review. One hundred percent (100%) of this class passed the Therapist Multiple Choice Board Exam. This exam is one of the tools used by our accreditors to evaluate our program. This class also has a 100% pass rate for the Clinical Simulation Exam which confers the title of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

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.


Fall Semester, Year 1

Course Title/Desc Credit

RT1001C Introduction to Respiratory Care

Minimum Grade: C

ALH1005 Health Care Edge

Minimum Grade: C

BIOL2001C Anatomy and Physiology I

Minimum Grade: C

RT1072C Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

Minimum Grade: C

ENGL1001 English Composition

Minimum Grade: C


Spring Semester, Year 1

Course Title/Desc Credit

BIOL2002C Anatomy and Physiology II

Minimum Grade: C

RT1002C Respiratory Care Treatment Modalities

Minimum Grade: C

BIOL2031C Microbiology for Health Professionals

Minimum Grade: C

RT1073C Cardiopulmonary Disease

Minimum Grade: C

RT1012C Respiratory Clinical Practice I

Minimum Grade: C


Summer Semester, Year 1

Course Title/Desc Credit

COMM1071 Introduction to Effective Speaking

Minimum Grade: C

ENGL2089 Intermediate Composition

Minimum Grade: C

RT1003C Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation

Minimum Grade: C

RT1013C Respiratory Clinical Practice II

Minimum Grade: C


Fall Semester, Year 2

Course Title/Desc Credit

RT2011C Respiratory Clinical Practice III

Minimum Grade: C

RT2001C Advanced Critical Respiratory Care

Minimum Grade: C

RT2002C Specialties in Respiratory Care

Minimum Grade: C

ALH2071 Pathophysiology for Health Professions

Minimum Grade: C

MATH/STAT Requirement

Choose one

STAT1034 Elementary Statistics I

Minimum Grade: C

MATH1021 College Algebra

Minimum Grade: C


Spring Semester, Year 2

Course Title/Desc Credit

RT2012C Respiratory Clinical Practice IV

Minimum Grade: C

RT2003C Respiratory Care Seminar

Minimum Grade: C

RT2004C Respiratory Care Capstone

Minimum Grade: C

Social Science Elective

Choose one




Visit the UC Clermont Academic Advising Office for more information about advising.

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.

For more information on certification and registry, visit The National Board for Respiratory Care website.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Respiratory Care Program

Since we are an open access college, you will be admitted to the college when you apply, but your admission into the respiratory care program does depend on your completion of the additional admission requirements. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the respiratory care program.

Applicants should have:

  • a high school diploma or GED
  • completed high school biology, chemistry and physics within the past 6 years with a grade of C or better (applicants without this background may take college-level science courses before applying to the technical core)
  • have an overall gpa of 2.75 or higher
  • test into college level reading, writing, and algebra or statistics (as determined by the placement test)

After we receive your application to the college, all your transcripts and your placement test scores, we will review your file. The college will notify you in writing of your admission status and assign you an advisor. You must meet with your allied health advisor before registering for classes. Please call 513-732-5339 to schedule your appointment.

The University of Cincinnati reaffirms its policy that discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or gender identity and expression shall not be practiced in any of its activities.     University Rule 3361: 10-13-01

Admission process

All students applying to Clermont College who are interested in respiratory care will be admitted to the college as pre-respiratory care majors.  Admission into the respiratory care program requires a separate application submitted between January 1 and February 15 of every year. If you miss the February 15 deadline, or if you need to take college-level science courses to become eligible for admission to the respiratory care program, you may still apply to the college and be admitted to our pre-respiratory care major. You can then complete your science courses, take your electives and apply to the respiratory care program during the next application period.

The program admits up to 25 students each fall semester.  Admission is selective, based upon pre-determined criteria.  Please see your allied health academic advisor for complete information regarding this process.

Once admitted into the respiratory care program, you will be required to submit a physical examination, TB test and proof of current immunizations.  You will need both CPR certification for Health Care Providers and a background check before you can begin the program.

The respiratory class sequence starts each fall semester and continues for five semesters including one summer term. The respiratory care courses are offered during days, Monday through Friday. (Many non-respiratory care classes are offered in the evenings, on Saturdays or online.)

Please be aware
If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, especially if it involves abuse of alcohol or controlled substances, you may be disqualified from licensure.  If this applies to you, please discuss your personal situation with the respiratory care state licensure board that governs the state in which you will work.  Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana all require background checks as part of their standard licensing application process (For Ohio, please contact the Ohio Respiratory Care Board in Columbus, Ohio, (614) 752-9218).

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

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

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

The Respiratory Care program is a consortium program offered by both UC Clermont College, and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. It is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC). Our program was granted continued accreditation in 2018. We were granted a ten-year accreditation with no deficiencies noted.

Our program number is 200260.

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;
  • CRT credentialing success;
  • RRT credentialing success;
  • Achievement of the high cut score on the TMC Exam (beginning 2018);
  • Retention (Attrition);
  • Job placement;
  • Overall Graduate Satisfaction;
  • Overall Employer Satisfaction;
  • On-time Graduation Rate;
  • Total number of program enrollees;
  • Total number of program graduates;
  • Maximum Annual Enrollment.

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Quick Facts

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Care

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


UC Clermont & UC East


Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513) 732-5319
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