Respiratory Care

Respiratory care is an allied health discipline that uses scientific principles to assess and treat abnormal respiratory conditions. The respiratory care practitioner often uses sophisticated medical equipment to administer daily treatments to patients, including those with disorders such as asthma, emphysema, pneumonia and bronchitis. In addition, they give around-the-clock care to patients in a wide variety of life-saving and life-supporting situations. Wherever the breath of life is at risk, the respiratory care practitioner is called upon to intervene.

Is this for me?

The respiratory care profession is for individuals who are people-oriented, have a genuine desire to help other, have technical and scientific interests, have good observation and communication skills and are team workers.

What does the program offer?

Respiratory care is a growing profession in Oregon and nationwide. Job opportunities are expected to remain strong due to the aging of the population, technological advances in the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory diseases, and an increasing incidence of cardiopulmonary diseases. In addition, there is an increasing demand for practitioners who specialize in the areas of infant care and pediatrics, cardiopulmonary technology, health education, management and home care. The following link has more information

What are my options?

A TWO-YEAR ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE in the Respiratory Care program provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to make you a strong candidate for a position in the respiratory care field. Upon graduation, you will be able to take the National Board for Respiratory Care exam required for licensure in Oregon as well as other states. You also will be eligible to take the advanced practitioner exam to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

Respiratory care practitioners may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, home health-care agencies, doctors' offices, medical supply rental companies and medical equipment sales.

The salary range in Oregon is currently $21 to $36 per hour and add $2 to $4 per hour for nighttime bonus pay.

Want to know more?

Call the Allied Health division office at 503-491-7113 for more information about the program or check the following link to contact the American Association of Respiratory Care about careers in respiratory care. For information about costs or how to enroll, call Admissions and Records at 503-491-7341.


The Respiratory Care program at Mt. Hood Community College is an advanced practice program accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). CoARC assists and monitors program effectiveness. Program accreditation information can be obtained by contacting CoARC. CoARC is located at 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas, 76021-4244. The phone number for CoARC is 817-283-2835. Their internet site is

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