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Respiratory Care Degree

Respiratory Simulation

Respiratory Care practitioners help provide the breath of life to people with heart and lung disorders.

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What you will learn

The Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care from Oregon Tech integrates therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and a general education core with course work in scientific and leadership principles. Registered respiratory therapists are physician extenders who, under medical direction, administer cardiopulmonary care, evaluate and assess pulmonary patients, and administer medications and diagnostic tests when appropriate. Their duties involve the use of many of the latest advances in medical arts, sciences and technology.

The Bachelor of Science degree program prepares respiratory care students for entry into the respiratory care profession and eligibility for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) certificate examination (CRT) and registry examinations (RRT). Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply for examination and state licensure.


Certified Respiratory Therapist Pass Rate

2016-2018 Average


Registered Respiratory Therapist Pass Rate

2017-2018 Average


Respiratory Care Simulation

Respiratory Care Simulation

As a collaborative educational exercise, students from Oregon Tech’s Respiratory Care participate in a mock “code” drill with medical imaging technology students, nursing students, and emergency personnel and helicopter transport.

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Oregon Tech's Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).

For a comparison of the Oregon Institute of Technology Respiratory Care Program outcomes with the outcomes data for all programs in the United States visit: www.coarc.com/.

Program Goals

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).

To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content with objectives related to the acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research and advanced clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization).

Oregon Tech's Respiratory Care Program Recieved the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award in 2016

Oregon Tech's Respiratory Care program received the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success award 2015-2017. See CoARC for more information.

About the Program

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care


  • Klamath Falls
  • Online (Degree Completion)
Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQs

For questions, contact

Sarah Fitzpatrick MHA, RRT, Program Director, Respiratory Care Program

 Oregon Institute of Technology

Jeff Pardy, Associate Professor

 DOW E210

Michael Gilinsky, Instructor, ACCS, NPS, (RRT) Director of Clinical



Graduates are employed in hospitals, physician's offices, rehabilitation facilities, home-care agencies, and health care promotion centers as caregivers, managers, and educators.

Employers include:

  • Providence Portland Medical Center
  • Sky Lakes Medical Center
  • St. Charles Health System
  • Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center
  • Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
  • Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital
  • Providence Medford Medical Center
  • Asante Three Rivers Medical Center
  • Asante Ashland Community Hospital
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center - Corvallis
  • Samaritan Albany General Hospital
  • Salem Health
  • Curry General Hospital - Gold Beach
  • Willamette Valley Medical Center
  • University of Washington Medical Center
  • Renown Regional Medical Center
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center
  • CHI Mercy Health

Graduate Success
Among all Oregon Tech degrees 2017-2019

Employed: 90%
Continuing Education: 6%
Success Rate: 96%
Starting Median Salary: $60,000
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Admission to the Respiratory Care program requires successful completion of a year of prerequisite coursework prior to admission into the program.

Enrollment is open to all students who meet the general entry requirements to Oregon Institute of Technology. Students will be selected into the professional curriculum based on cumulative grade-point average, cover letter, interview, and non-smoking status. Students are strongly advised to complete all the general education courses in their freshman year curriculum before making application to the professional program.

Selections will be made at the end of the spring term of the Pre-Respiratory Care year. The number of students selected each year will be determined by the availability of clinical sites and other resources, which means that the number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of spaces available. When that happens, students with the highest cumulative GPA are the first to be offered a position in the program.

Some courses that a Respiratory Care student at Oregon Tech might take include:

Arterial Blood Gases

Chemistry and classification of acid-base balance including determination of compensation and pathophysiologic causes. Assessment of partial pressures of oxygen, saturation and total oxygen delivery.

Hyperinflation Therapies

Study and evidence-based application of PEEP, CPAP, bi-level ventilation, IPPB, and incentive spirometry. Flutter valve, PEP, high frequency chest wall oscillation and other methods of improving bronchial hygiene and lung volume.

Pulmonary Pathology

Case-based approach to the understanding, evaluation and treatment of pulmonary disease. Recognition of obstructive and restrictive disease patterns as well as the classification of acid-base and oxygenation disorders. Classification, application and pharmacodynamics of common pulmonary medications are discussed.

Advanced Life Support

Students become certified or recertified in professional life support classes such as Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Neonatal Life Support, and Pediatric Life Support. Clinical simulations and other credentialing exam preparation included.

Degree Completion Program in Respiratory Care

Oregon Tech also offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care for individuals who have passed the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) examination and wish to pursue the bachelor's degree. If you are transferring student, your academic credits will be evaluated to determine acceptability of the non-professional coursework and the sequencing of the professional courses. CoARC does not accredit degree completion programs.

Respiratory Care Degree Completion through Oregon Tech Online