2023 Information Sessions
Information sessions are mandatory for any student who applies to the Respiratory
Therapy Program. Sessions begin promptly and last approximately 1 ½ hours. This
session will include a thorough review of the program requirements, didactic and clinical
phases as well as requirements for success.
No one will be admitted once the session has begun.
All sessions will be held via zoom
- Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 12pm
- Monday, February 12, 2024 at 12pm
- Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 10am
- Monday, April 8, 2024 at 12pm
The Respiratory Therapy Program at Oakland Community College requires 82 completed
credits for graduation, which is a combination of 37 prerequisite credits and 45 program
credits. The Respiratory Therapy Program is distinguished nationally for credentialing
success by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Graduates of the program take two board exams administered by the National Board
for Respiratory Care (NBRC) to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.
Once credentialed, graduates are eligible to apply for a state license.
"OCC helped me reach one of my goals in life by giving me a path to pursue my career
in Respiratory Therapy." - Khashea B, Dearborn
Eligible applicants to the Respiratory Therapy Program are subject to an admission
testing requirement, the HESI A2. Study materials for the exam are available in the Academic Support Center (ASC) at the Southfield Campus. Any questions regarding registering for the HESI A2
exam please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and the Continuing Education staff will be more than happy to answer any HESI questions.
Eligible applicants must have fulfilled the admission procedures and have completed
all of the following courses with a "C" or better grade:
Students will be scored on three criteria: GPA of the required supportive English,
Math, Biology and Chemistry courses, the number of required supportive English, Math,
Biology and Chemistry courses repeated, and the number of required supportive English,
Math, Biology and Chemistry courses transferred to OCC. In the case of a tie, the
earliest completion date will be used to break the tie. In case of another tie, the
total number of courses completed at OCC will be used to break the tie. Students wishing
to be considered for admission must submit a completed application to the Respiratory
Therapy Department no later than December 15.
We recommend that you meet with Counseling at the Southfield campus before you get
started. A counselor can help to guide you, explain program requirements, and how
admission to the Respiratory Therapy program works.
If you are not currently an OCC student, visit How to Apply.
Information Sessions are held periodically throughout the year on the Southfield Campus
and are required before entering the Respiratory Therapy program.
"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." Outcome data can be viewed by visiting COARC Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care site.