Respiratory Care Therapy

Members of the medical field and experts in health sciences are needed now more than ever. If you’d like to join this esteemed community of healthcare providers, consider a future in Respiratory Care Therapy.

Our courses will provide you with the skills needed to assess patient services, provide treatment, perform diagnostic procedures, and instruct patients on what they need to know about respiratory and cardiovascular care. As a student of our program, you’ll gain real-world experience in work environments like the critical care, trauma and emergency departments; operating rooms; patient homes; physician offices; and out-patient clinics in preparation for employment.

Completion of our programs will grant you the ability to take both the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) Examination, and the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) with confidence.

Don’t wait — start your career in Respiratory Care Therapy today.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Associate Degrees and University Transfer
Respiratory Care

GateWay Community College is known in the community for its healthcare education and training excellence and is the only college in the Maricopa Community College to offer the Respiratory Care program. 

Special Requirement

All students interested in any of our Healthcare programs will be required to attend an Information/Advising session, which will provide in-depth information and enrollment guidance.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Respiratory Care program at GateWay.

The Respiratory Care program at GateWay has allocated two seats per semester for any student in the application queue that currently is or was in the military as confirmed by documentation. Additionally, five seats are allocated per semester to exclusively support our HonorHealth collaboration. These seats will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Program Location

Washington Campus

Program Cost Estimate*

Associate in Applied Science in Respiratory Care:  $9,951 - $13,351

*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

The Respiratory Care Program at GateWay Community College, CoARC program number 200226, Associate in Applied Science in Respiratory Care, on the Washington Campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

To see CoARC programmatic outcomes visit:

Additionally, GateWay Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.