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  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Fall Semester (Applications due by June 15)

    Award: AAS

    Average Class Size: 15-20

    Program Length 5 Semesters Full-Time

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time

    Course Availability: Classes 3 days per week

    Program Location: Pueblo

    Clinical Sites: Pueblo and Colorado Springs

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  • Why this career might be right for me

    Do you like to help people? Do you want a job in a dynamic, growing health care profession? We have a career for you. As a Respiratory Therapist ( RT), you can provide care for patients who struggle to take their next breath. RTs never take a breath for granted.

    Our Associate of Applied Science Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( CoARC). We will prepare you for a rewarding profession that will reach patients from acute care settings to rehabilitation programs such as asthma education ( GINA). Use your specialized skills and the latest technology to make a true difference in a patient’s quality of life: Become an RT at PCC.

    Program graduates may sit for the National Board of Respiratory Care ( NBRC) credentialing exam which is required in the United States to work as a Respiratory Therapist.

    As a graduate, you can use your experience at Pueblo Community College as a stepping stone to complete your bachelor's degree. 

    Did you know?

    • Respiratory Therapy specializes in the promotion of cardiopulmonary health and management.
    • Respiratory Therapists care for patients in all age groups, from premature infants to the elderly.
    • Career opportunities are excellent for Respiratory Therapists and salaries are highly competitive, according to the American Association for Respiratory Care.
    • Respiratory Therapists apply scientific principles to prevent, identify and treat acute or chronic cardiopulmonary diseases.

    Where RTs Work

    • Hospitals
    • Diagnostic laboratories
    • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs
    • Home health
    • Medical transport (air and ground)
    • Physician offices
    • Long-term care facilities
    • Ventilator rehabilitation facilities
    • Higher education
    • Respiratory equipment sales and industry
    • Research and development
    • Pharmaceutical sales
    • Management and leadership roles
    • Emergency rooms
    • Operating rooms

    What Will I Learn

    • Advanced pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary system
    • How to treat patients with breathing disorders and diseases
    • How to perform diagnostic procedures in the pulmonary function lab or bronchoscopy
    • Other subjects including pharmacology, chest-tube management, intubation, ICU and critical care clinical practice, arterial blood gas analysis, ECG interpretation, oxygen therapy, chest physiotherapy and ventilator management

    Our Experienced Faculty

    • More than 50 years of combined clinical experience in all areas of Respiratory Therapy
    • Instructors hold a valid credential to teach in post-secondary education
    • Maintain a strong working relations with surrounding hospitals and their Respiratory Therapy departments.

    Respiratory Therapist:

    • A specialty profession helping patients with heart and lung conditions
    • A rewarding career with a competitive salary
    • A secure job opportunity
    • A respected profession
    • A way to make a difference in someone’s life

    If you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.

    The Pueblo Community College Respiratory Therapy Program #200169, Associates of Applied of Science, at Pueblo Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( www.coarc.com).

    Click here for the Outcomes data from the Annual Report of Current Status.

    THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana, including prescription marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.