What can I do with an Associate Degree in respiratory therapy?
Respiratory care practitioners work in life saving and supporting situations with physicians, nurses, and other members of the health care team. Employment opportunities exist in both traditional and non-traditional work settings including: acute care hospitals and clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home care environments, medical equipment companies, and management and educational roles.
Diablo Valley College and Ohlone College provide the opportunity for graduates of this program to take the advanced and nationally recognized exams to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
How long does it take to earn a degree?
This program takes a minimum of two years to complete and cannot be accelerated, even by those already holding advanced degrees. The program prefers to accept full-time students, however, after the first semester is completed, will also consider students who would like to complete the requirements on a part-time basis.
Are there any additional costs associated with the program?
Once admitted to the program, purchase of a uniform is required. RT students also need to purchase approximately $250 of miscellaneous supplies. The required books and software throughout the two years cost about $1,000. Self assessment exams, costing approximately $200 are required in the last term. License application and exam in the last term, is currently approximately $650. Students must also have reliable transportation to complete their hospital site courses.
Where are the classes taught?
Classes are held in three locations. Laboratory classes are held on the Ohlone campus. Lectures are held at DVC's campus in San Ramon and some are online. Clinical rotation courses are offered at local Bay Area hospitals.
How do I apply for the program?
Applications are accepted each spring term; refer to the program website: http://www.ohlone.edu/instr/rt for application deadlines. It is recommended you research this profession before applying and plan adequate time to take the prerequisite classes: college English, intermediate algebra, chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology and physics. For those who have not taken any previous college courses in English and algebra, assessment tests, which evaluate English and math ability, are required. Admission to the program is by application only. For those who have taken all the science requirements of the program, chances of acceptance are good.
Where can I get more information?
Call DVC at 925-685-1230 or visit the college website: www.dvc.edu. You may also visit the Respiratory Therapist Program web site and download applications at www.ohlone.edu/instr/rt. The American Association for Respiratory Care website is www.aarc.org or visit www.dvc.edu.edu/programs.