Respiratory Therapy Program

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SJVC’s Respiratory Therapy program prepares you to be a member of an elite health care team that evaluates, treats and manages patients with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders. In addition to performing respiratory care procedures, respiratory therapists are involved in clinical decision-making and patient education.
Respiratory Therapy

Students Will Learn
Throughout SJVC’s Respiratory Therapy program, students will learn:

  • • Microbiology, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology
  • • Computer applications, ethics and psychology
  • • Pathology, pharmacology and resuscitation
  • • Mechanical ventilation of adults, pediatrics, and newborns
  • • Hemodynamics, physical assessment and oxygen delivery
  • • Monitoring, radiography and airway management

Students receive more than 900 hours of extensive clinical practice in hospitals and clinics to gain real-world experience. Applicants must meet the technical standards to be considered for the Respiratory Therapy program.

Program Outcomes
Graduates will earn an Associate of Science degree and can do so in approximately 19 months.

Professional Registration
Upon graduation from the San Joaquin Valley College Respiratory Therapy program, students will have the following certificates: Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP) . Upon successful completion of the San Joaquin Valley College Respiratory Therapy program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Board Respiratory Care: Therapist Multiple Choice Exam (TMC). Upon achieving the minimum cut score on the TMC, graduates will be eligible to take the Clinical Simulation exam leading to the RRT Credential.

California State Licensure
Graduates of the San Joaquin Valley College Respiratory Therapy program are eligible to apply to the National Board for Respiratory Care to sit for the Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) exam. Once a minimum threshold is earned, the graduate is then eligible to sit for the Clinical Simulation (CS) exam. Upon successfully passing the CS exam the graduate earns the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credential. The RRT credential is the minimum entry requirement for licensure in California. This application also requires a background check. The fees for the exams, background check and application are paid for by the College. Payment for retakes and subsequent examinations are the responsibility of the graduate. Failure to apply for or sit for this exam does not constitute a refund or discount in tuition.

Graduates who earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential by the National Board for Respiratory Care and licensed by the California Respiratory Care Board, are authorized to use the title, Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner, which is a requirement to work in this field.

The Respiratory Care Board publishes institutional pass rate information, and the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) publishes programmatic outcomes.

Well-trained respiratory therapists are in tremendous demand in acute care hospitals, durable medical equipment companies, sub-acute facilities, home care agencies, physicians’ offices,or managed care organizations; as well as specialized areas, such as sleep labs and pulmonary function labs.

Position opportunities include:

  • • Respiratory Therapist (RT)
  • • Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT)
  • • Neonatal-Pediatric Specialist (NPS)
  • • Clinical Educator/Clinical Specialist
  • • Pulmonary Rehabilitation/Asthma Specialist
  • • Biomedical/Research/Sales

SJVC’s Respiratory Therapy program is available at 5 of our California campuses:

Accreditation & Approvals

The Respiratory Therapy programs on the Rancho Cordova, Bakersfield, Ontario and Visalia campuses have been granted continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford TX 76021, 1-817-283-2835.

SJVC Temecula holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. This status signifies that a program that has been granted an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards through the completion and submission of an acceptable Self Study Report (PSSR) and other documentation required by the CoARC Board. The conferral of Provisional Accreditation denotes a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation.

The Temecula Respiratory Therapy program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until achieving Initial Accreditation. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Provisional Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program.

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at:

San Joaquin Valley College is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution in the state of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). BPPE physical address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833; mailing address: P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818; phone (916) 431-6959; toll free (888) 370-7589; fax (916) 263-1897; website:

If a degree in Respiratory Therapy sounds like the opportunity you’ve been looking for, please complete SJVC’s Request Information form. An Admissions Advisor will contact you soon to discuss how you can reach your career goals with SJVC.
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