Spokane Community College
1810 North Greene Street
Spokane, WA 99217-5399
Degrees and Certificates
AAS - SCC
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Respiratory Care is a dynamic, high tech, high touch field involving direct patient care. This field is a life supporting, life enhancing allied health care profession practiced under qualified medical direction. Services provided to patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system include diagnostic testing, therapeutics, monitoring and rehabilitation. Patient, family and public education are essential to the mission of the profession. Respiratory care services are provided in all health care facilities (acute, subacute/long term, skilled nursing) and in the home.
This program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (
). Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road Bedford, Texas 76021-4244 (817) 283-2835. Program outcomes data including attrition, job placement, NBRC examination success, on-time graduaiton rates, and enrollment may be accessed through the following link:
The goal of the Respiratory Care program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). Program outcomes are measured by graduate success on the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams, job placement, and graduate and employer satisfaction surveys.
High school diploma or GED certificate
Interview with respiratory care instructor
Appropriate math score
Self-place into English
Computer skills recommended
Active e-mail account recommended
American Heart Association: HCP CPR card (within six months) recommended
All math and science courses must have been taken within the last five years and must have been completed with a 2.5 grade or better
A GPA of 2.5 is necessary to enter the Respiratory Care program and a GPA of 2.0 must be maintained throughout the entire program.
Program Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate collaboration and effective communication among all health care team members in the delivery of respiratory care in all patent settings.
Analyze information and research and apply it in the health care setting.
Apply the priciples of cultural awareness formulating appropriate modifications to health care plans to accommodate cultural differences.
Design and implement appropriate treatment plans in all healthcare settings where respiratory care is delivered.
Apply advanced respiratory care competencies in all health care settings.