Respiratory Therapy

Do you want to work in one of the fastest growing allied health professions?

Start a career as a respiratory therapist! Enroll in the respiratory therapy program, offered in collaboration with Ohlone College in Newark. Students complete general education courses at DVC, laboratory and clinical courses at Ohlone College, and have supervised clinical practice at local hospitals. That means you'll get clinical experience while you complete your education! Graduates are eligible for the California state license examination for respiratory care practitioner (RCP) and the registered respiratory therapist (RRT) credentialing examination of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

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Career Opportunities

The respiratory therapy program will prepare you for work in a variety of occupations and career paths, including:

  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Sleep Center Technologist


Change your life with a respiratory therapy degree. Our program gives you options to explore.

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About degrees and certificates

A certificate readily prepares you to enter a particular field or career. It can also give you new skills for advancement in the workplace.

Associate Degrees:
An associate degree requires a broader education for career options in a range of industries. It's a great step towards earning a bachelor degree at a four-year school or entering the workforce sooner.

Associate Degrees for Transfer:
A transfer degree is equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program. Earning one can guarantee admission to California State Universities, some private and online universities, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). ADTs, along with a transfer agreement guarantee (TAG) with the University of California system can help you achieve your goals for less. Learn about transfer services.