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Respiratory Care Program

See Respiratory Care - Associate In Applied Science

Respiratory Therapists in Michigan are licensed health care providers. In order to be licensed you must earn a minimum of an Associate degree and successfully complete National exams. As a Respiratory Therapist you will be qualified to assume primary clinical responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including responsibilities involved in the supervision of certified respiratory technician functions. The registered therapist is also capable of serving as a resource person to the physician with regard to current practices in respiratory care and to the hospital staff regarding effective and safe methods for administering respiratory care. Respiratory Therapists who have a certificate of completion from an AMA-approved therapist training program, a minimum of 62 college credits, and six months of experience following completion of the program are eligible to apply for registration by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). The process consists of two written exams and clinical simulation. Applicants must pass all three to be awarded the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. This is a suggested enrollment sequence for full-time students. It is suggested that part-time students see an advisor for scheduling assistance.


Visit the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care Programmatic Outcomes Data page where you can compare attrition rates, success rates on the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams and job placement rates for all Respiratory Care Programs by state.

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