Respiratory Therapy Program

The Respiratory Therapy Program at Jefferson College is an Associate of Applied Science Degree Program.  At the end of the program you will be eligible to sit for the National Boards to become a Respiratory Therapist.

The Program consists of 20 credit hours of prerequisite courses, 12 credit hours of general education courses and 54 credit hours of classroom instruction, labs, and clinical site visits.

Jefferson College does not accept any Respiratory Therapy courses from another program. No credit granted for previous work experience.


Meet the Faculty

Medical Director

Program Goals

Classes: Monday – Friday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) varies by semester.

Clinical Hours: 8- and 12-hour shifts that will include some nights and weekends; subject to change depending on semester.

Note:  Students are responsible for all travel expenses and some overnight stays.


What RTs Do

Be an RT

Outcomes Data from the Annual Report of Current Status



U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Respiratory Therapy

American Association for Respiratory Care

American Association for Respiratory Care / Be An RT

American Association for Respiratory Care / Student Center



Jefferson College Respiratory Therapy Video

Who Am I?

American Association for Respiratory Care / Life and Breath Video

Respiratory Therapists Interviews



Accreditation/Professional Organizations

Fees and Estimated Expenses


Technical and Physical Standards

Student Employment




Courses Offered:

RCP100 Introduction to Respiratory Care

RCP110 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

RCP120 Respiratory Equipment and Noncritical Floor Care

RCP125 Respiratory Care Skills Lab I

RCP130 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology

RCP140 Respiratory Care Clinical I

RCP145 Respiratory Care Skills Lab II

RCP150 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology

RCP155 Airways

RCP160 Arterial Blood Gases

RCP170 Respiratory Care Clinical II

RCP200 Respiratory Care Specialties

RCP210 Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation

RCP225 Respiratory Care Skills Lab III

RCP240 Respiratory Care Clinical III

RCP245 Respiratory Care Skills Lab IV

RCP250 Advanced Mechanical Ventilation

RCP260 Neonatal Pediatric Respiratory Care

RCP265 Respiratory Care Skills Lab V

RCP270 Respiratory Care Clinical IV

RCP290 N.B.R.C. Review







Patient Assessment

Isolation Procedures


Incentive Spirometry

Oxygen Delivery Devices

Small-Volume Nebulizer Therapy


If you have any questions, please call the Health Occupations Department at 636-481-3466.


This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 July 2014 )