Respiratory Therapy Program
The Respiratory Therapy Program at Southfield Campus of Oakland Community College leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree and is designated as an Extended Degree Program in that the student must complete a minimum of 73 or more required credit hours.
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.
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.