Respiratory Therapy

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. 


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.


Upcoming Information Session Dates

November 14, 2017     6-8pm     Southfield Campus A215

Campus Location & Hours

Contact Information

Sue Work
Phone (248) 233-2919