Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy Program

About the Program

Respiratory Therapy, also known as Respiratory Care, is a health profession specialty that deals with care of patients with respiratory diseases. Respiratory therapists work with people with cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) problems and are primarily involved in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management, and rehabilitation.

The Respiratory Therapy Program at Oakland Community College offers a 20-month completion option, for students who have completed all prerequisite classes. The program begins each year in the fall semester.  The program accepts 30 students each year.  The program no longer offers a wait list.  Students must apply each year.

Did you knowEmployment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in the middle-aged and elderly population will lead to an increased incidence of respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. These respiratory disorders can permanently damage the lungs or restrict lung function. 

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INFORMATION SESSIONS

January 19 | 9:00 - 11:00 am | Southfield Campus | Room A215

February 19 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm | Southfield Campus | Room A215

March 20 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm | Auburn Hills Campus | TBA

May 23 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Southfield Campus | Room A215

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Information sessions are mandatory for any student who applies to the Respiratory Therapy Program.  Sessions 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. All sessions are held in room A215 at the Southfield Campus.

All sessions begin promptly. Sessions last approximately 90 minutes. Please contact the Health Professions Department Secretary at (248) 233-2916 to reserve your seat. Seating is limited. Please come alone. No one will be admitted once the session has begun.

CREDENTIALS RECEIVED

The Respiratory Therapy Program at Oakland Community College requires 85 completed credits for graduation, which is a combination of 42 prerequisite credits and 43 program credits.   The Respiratory Therapy Program is a registered, respiratory therapist (RRT)-level program accredited 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. 

Degree Program

Program Plan

Male Respiratory Student

"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

Eligibility Information

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.

Selection Criteria

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.

HESI Practice Test Information

CONTACT INFORMATION

Sue Work
Phone (248) 233-2919