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Due to unforeseen circumstances, all members of the Pima Community College (PCC) Governing Board will be attending the Board's March 8, 2023, Regular Meeting remotely. At the discretion of the Board Chair, PCC administrators and others making scheduled presentations to the Board may also be appearing remotely. Tonight's meeting will otherwise be conducted in a hybrid format as previously noticed, and members of the public may still attend in person at PCC's District Office, room C-105. During the "Public Comment-Call to the Audience" portion of tonight's meeting, public comments may still be made either remotely or in person. PCC staff will be on-site in room C-105 to assist members of the public attending in person who wish to address comments to the Board.
Respiratory therapist student with syringe

Respiratory Care

The demand for respiratory therapists has never been higher. If you enjoy helping people in their time of need, this may be the field for you.

As a registered respiratory therapist, you’ll help patients with breathing and heart problems. You’ll be providing care to adults and children with obstructive lung disease like asthma, as well as, premature babies whose lungs aren’t fully developed.

You’ll resuscitate patients in the emergency department who can’t breathe or are experiencing a heart attack. You’ll help diagnose patients with sleep disorders or care for patients on life support in the intensive care unit.

You’ll be able to work in a hospital, urgent care, sleep lab, physician’s office, or provide home health care. With continued education and credentials, you’ll be able to conduct research, teach, or advance into supervisory and administrative career tracks.

It’s a helping profession with a variety of positions, job stability, and competitive pay.

After your first year, you’ll take what you’ve learned in the classroom and lab and apply it in a clinical environment at local hospitals. By the time you graduate, you’ll have completed over 700 clinical hours—preparing you for the fast-paced profession of a respiratory therapist.

Accreditation: The Respiratory Care associate of applied science program at Pima Community College has continued accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Our program number is 200202.

Great job potential

The number of jobs for respiratory therapists is expect to grow by 25%  between 2018 and 2026.

job growth by 2026

List of Degrees

AAS - Associate of Applied Science


West Campus

Contact Information

Division of Health Professions
Dean: 520.206.6916
Lead Faculty: 520.206.3107

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