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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 as little as 19 months. Graduates also earn Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP) certifications.

Graduates are eligible for state licensure and national credentialing examinations, including the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentials. The Respiratory Care Board publishes institutional pass rate information.

Careers
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

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

Accreditation

Programmatic Accreditation 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.

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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