Respiratory Care

Health Sciences

Respiratory care involves the assessment, evaluation, treatment and care of individuals with lung and breathing problems. Diagnoses of respiratory care patients include asthma, heart conditions and chest trauma.

This program's goal is to prepare you 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).

Registered Respiratory Therapists provide medications, treatments and therapy, in order to improve a patient's lung functionality. Job responsibilities involve:

  • Operating sophisticated medical equipment
  • Gaining classroom and lab experience
  • Developing clinical knowledge and experience
  • Showing sensitivity to the physical and psychological needs of patients

The majority of Registered Respiratory Therapists work at hospitals, but employment also may be found in home health agencies, clinics, home care delivery services and nursing homes.

New Class - GateWay is offering a review to prepare medical professionals for the VA-BC exam to earn certification. This course may qualify for continuing education. To register, click here.

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

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.

Degrees & Certificates


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) .

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.

Program Accrediting Body Contact Information

Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
264 Precision Blvd.
Telford, TN 37690
(817) 283-2835

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