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Associate of Science in Respiratory Care Degree Program

Respiratory Therapy


Clarion University's Associate of Science in Respiratory Care program prepares students to be registered respiratory therapists. Respiratory care practitioners (respiratory therapists) evaluate and care for individuals who have breathing and other cardiopulmonary ailments ranging from moderate to life-threatening. Respiratory care practitioners work closely with other health care professionals to provide a wide range of diagnostic and therapy to patients.  The Respiratory Care program is only offered at the Venango campus location.

The program provides students clinical knowledge in respiratory care as well as a liberal arts education.  Graduates of the respiratory program will be eligible to take the Written Registry Examination and the Clinical Simulation Examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.  

The field of respiratory care affords exciting opportunities for career diversity. After attaining status as an advanced-level respiratory care practitioner, individuals may specialize in areas such as:

  • Intensive care
  • Neonatal and pediatric respiratory care
  • Polysomnography (the diagnosis of sleep disorders)
  • Education
  • Administration
  • Medical sales

Respiratory care is a high priority occupation because of the demand for qualified respiratory therapists. Because of the aging population and the increasing incidence of respiratory disease, the need for respiratory care practitioners is anticipated to continue. Job opportunities for respiratory care practitioners exist in hospitals, home health agencies, physician's offices and other settings.

More information

The Department of Allied Health's Respiratory Care Student Clinical Handbook contains important information and policies relative for prospective and currently-enrolled respiratory and pre-respiratory care majors. All respiratory care and pre-respiratory care majors are responsible for information contained in this handbook.

For more information on admission to the program, suggested program prerequisites, how to transfer to the school or about financial aid, visit Venango Admissions.