Advanced Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Care (RC) practitioners are trained in a variety of therapeutic and diagnostic skills that enable them to assist with the treatment of individuals with pulmonary and cardiac disorders. Respiratory therapists perform many types of assessment and therapy including life support procedures and management of ventilators in the critical care unit. Entry into the Respiratory Care profession requires an associate degree from an accredited program as well as successful completion of national credentialing examinations.

Students preparing for the program will complete 38 credit hours of general education, science, and mathematics courses at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) and then make application to the 12-month RC program at Francis Tuttle. If the applicant has possible transfer credit,  they should have their college transcript(s) evaluated at OCCC for approval.

The RC program provides targeted instruction in respiratory care including respiratory theory, laboratory practice, and clinical experience, preparing students to take the national credentialing exams. Upon completion, students will receive the Respiratory Care Therapist Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from OCCC. They are then eligible to take the two national examinations required to earn a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. Specifically, graduates are eligible to take the Therapist Multiple Choice Examination, then the Clinical Simulation Examination. Successful completion of both exams earns the credential of Registered Respiratory Therapist and qualifies the graduate to obtain a license to practice as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in Oklahoma and other states.

At A Glance

Open To

Adults

Campus

Rockwell Campus Center Building, Health Science Center

Total Hours Required

1,300 hours for which students will receive 30 credit hours at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) towards completion of the AAS degree.

Length

Full-Time: 12 months (Francis Tuttle coursework only)

Prior coursework at OCCC is required to enter the program.

Times

Both classroom and clinical attendance are required. Students attend Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm for classroom and laboratory work. Clinical Rotation Days are usually 6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. or 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. with two start dates are available each year.

Student Resources

Application Packet

Courses

  • Basic Respiratory Procedures 150 hours
  • Respiratory Pathology & Pharmacology 50 hours
  • Advanced Respiratory Procedures 240 hours
  • Diagnostics & Outpatient Services 80 hours
  • Pediatric & Neonatal Respiratory Care 48 hours
  • Clinical Application of Respiratory Therapy I 184 hours
  • Critical Care Respiratory Therapy 148 hours
  • Respiratory Care Advanced Practice 200 hours
  • Clinical Application of Respiratory Therapy II 200 hours

Tuition & Costs

Costs for In-State Adult Students

Licensure / Certifications

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) National Credential - $390.00* This credential requires successful completion of two national examinations. Francis Tuttle will pay the cost of the Therapist Multiple Choice Examination ($190).
  • Oklahoma Respiratory Care Practitioners License - $100.00

Tuition & Fees

  • Resident Tuition (30 credit hours at $135.29 per credit hour) - $4,058.70
  • Francis Tuttle Application Fee (non-refundable) - $15.00

Textbooks, Supplies, and Certifications (Estimated)

  • Textbooks and Software - $1,500.00
  • Physical Exam and Immunizations – $250.00
  • Uniforms and Equipment - $300.00
  • Drug Testing and background checks - $120.00
  • Certifications – $490.00

Total Estimated Costs for In-State Adult Students

In-State Adult Students - $6,733.70

This career major is available for Financial Aid
Financial Aid Information

Note: This cost represents only the 12-month RC program at Francis Tuttle. Tuition, textbooks, and other costs for courses to be taken at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) are determined by the college. A total of 68 college credit hours is required for completion of the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Respiratory Care, awarded by OCCC. General education, math, and science courses totaling 38 credit hours are completed at OCCC. The remaining 30 credit hours are awarded for completion of the 12-month, 1300 hour Respiratory Care program at Francis Tuttle. This career major is eligible for financial aid through OCCC. Students who meet OCCC's requirements may continue to receive financial aid through OCCC during their enrollment in the 12-month program at Francis Tuttle Technology Center.

Costs for Out-of-State Adult Students

Licensure / Certifications

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) National Credential - $390.00* This credential requires successful completion of two national examinations. Francis Tuttle will pay the cost of the Therapist Multiple Choice Examination ($190).
  • Oklahoma Respiratory Care Practitioners License - $100.00

Tuition & Fees

  • Non-Resident Tuition (30 credit hours at $326.99 per credit hour) - $9,809.70
  • Francis Tuttle Application Fee (non-refundable) - $15.00

Textbooks, Supplies, and Certifications (Estimated)

  • Textbooks and Software - $1,500.00
  • Physical Exam and Immunizations – $250.00
  • Uniforms and Equipment - $300.00
  • Drug Testing and background checks - $120.00
  • Certifications – $490.00

Total Estimated Costs for Out-of-State Adult Students

Out-of -State Adult Students - $12,484.70

This career major is available for Financial Aid
Financial Aid Information

Note: This cost represents only the 12-month RC program at Francis Tuttle. Tuition, textbooks, and other costs for courses to be taken at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) are determined by the college. A total of 68 college credit hours is required for completion of the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Respiratory Care, awarded by OCCC. General education, math, and science courses totaling 38 credit hours are completed at OCCC. The remaining 30 credit hours are awarded for completion of the 12-month, 1300 hour Respiratory Care program at Francis Tuttle. This career major is eligible for financial aid through OCCC. Students who meet OCCC's requirements may continue to receive financial aid through OCCC during their enrollment in the 12-month program at Francis Tuttle Technology Center.

Employment & Outcomes

Salary Range

$21.00-$26.00 (average)

per hour

Gainful Employment

This career major is eligible for financial aid through OCCC. Students who meet OCCC's requirements may continue to receive financial aid through OCCC during their enrollment in the 12-month program at Francis Tuttle Technology Center.

Pass Rate

93%

completion

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to work for:

Acute Care Hospitals, Pediatric/Neonatal Care Units, Long Term Care Hospitals, Home Health Agencies, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Equipment Sales, Pulmonary Function Labs, Durable Medical Equipment, Rehabilitation Facilities

Respiratory Care