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Respiratory Care

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

Degree Offered

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care


Klamath Falls
Online (Degree Completion Program)

About Our Program

Admission to the Respiratory Care program requires successful completion of a year of prerequisite coursework prior to admission into the program.

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.

OIT Respiratory Care degree program simulation


The Oregon Institute of Technology Respiratory Care Program which awards BS degrees and is located in Klamath Falls, Oregon 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: https://www.coarc.com/Students/Programmatic-Outcome-Data.aspx.

Degree Completion Program in Respiratory Care

Oregon Tech also makes available 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. Each prospective student's 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. 

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