Now accepting applications for the fall 2018 class

Respiratory care is the allied health profession that cares for patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. The respiratory therapist sees a diverse group of patients ranging from newborn and pediatric patients to adults and the elderly. Disease states or conditions often requiring respiratory care include asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive lung disease, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, infant respiratory distress syndrome, and conditions brought on by shock, trauma or postoperative surgical complications.

Respiratory therapists are also involved in many specialty areas in the hospital such as newborn labor and delivery, neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, pulmonary function laboratory, sleep laboratory, adult intensive care units, extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation, and EKG testing. In addition to hospitals, the respiratory therapist delivers respiratory care in the home, rehabilitation agencies, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, and physician offices.

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Program Information, Course Requirements and Suggested Schedule

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Respiratory Therapy TechnologyA.A.S.1241Health Sciences

Respiratory Program Essential Functions

All students must be able to perform the essential functions of the curriculum. In addition to the general admission criteria required by the college, respiratory students must be able to:

  • Use digital fine motor skills with both hands continually throughout the day.
  • See clearly enough to read hand-written and computer-generated communications.
  • Work standing on their feet for the majority of the day.
  • Walk to and from patient service areas of the hospital for the majority of the day.
  • Help patients in and out of beds and chairs.
  • Write and speak to patients and staff effectively.
  • Interact appropriately with patients, physicians, peers and supervisor.
  • Use good judgment to seek assistance when needed.
  • Lift a minimum of 50 pounds unassisted and be able to push machines heavier than that up and down ramps.
  • Apply safety and infection control standards learned in the program to maintain a safe and clean environment for patients and self.

Program Goal

The goal of the Moraine Valley Community College Respiratory Therapy Program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Program Outcomes

The four program outcomes have been developed based on the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and the recommendations of the Moraine Valley Community College Respiratory Therapy Program Advisory Committee. The Moraine Valley Community College Respiratory Therapy Program will provide students with the following:

  1. Training in respiratory modalities of the profession
  2. Training in life support and ventilator management
  3. Prepare students for the Entry Level Respiratory Care National Board Exam (Certified Respiratory Therapist – CRT)
  4. Prepare students for the Advanced Practitioner Respiratory Care National Board Exam (Registered Respiratory Therapist – RRT)


Moraine Valley’s Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC #200122).

Medical Director – Dr. Lisa Wolfe, MD

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Rd
Bedford Texas 76021
Phone: 817-283-2835

Clinical Assignment

You will rotate through at least four different facilities while in the program. Efforts may be made to accommodate some clinical requests, but you need to be willing and able to travel to any of the clinical sites, as it will not be possible to accommodate all requests. Starting times may be as early as 6 a.m. The afternoon shift may end as late as 11:30 p.m. The starting and ending time are determined by the hospital and is not negotiable. Careful consideration of your ability to travel and adjust your personal schedule prior to application into this program is strongly advised.

Questions? Contact the program coordinator, Carolyn DeWitt at or clinical coordinator, LaToya Pryor at