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Respiratory Care graduates obtain knowledge and skills for a career in respiratory care.

The 24-month program also requires two semesters of general education course work, career shadowing and a 14-month clinical program in respiratory care.

Career shadowing appointments are scheduled through Clarion University's Department of Allied Health. Shadowing provides a unique opportunity for prospective students to spend four hours with a respiratory therapist in a hospital environment.  Career shadowing assists students in academic and career choices. Schedule a career shadowing appointment by contacting respiratory care secretary, Debra Weaver, at 1-877-VENANGO, Ext. 1250.

Several local and regional health care organizations serve as clinical sites for the respiratory care program. Student preference for a particular clinical site cannot be considered.

The respiratory care program requires a significant amount of travel by students to clinical sites.  Reliable transportation is therefore essential.  Students are responsible for all expenses related to travel.

Students become eligible to sit for the Written Registry Examination and the Clinical Simulation Examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

Successful completion of the NBRC Written Registry Examination and the Clinical Simulation Examination entitles the graduate to use the credentials, Registered Respiratory Therapist, and to work in a variety of health care settings as an advanced-level respiratory therapist after obtaining state licensure.