Respiratory Therapist

Associate in Applied Science

Respiratory therapists provide care for patients with heart and lung disorders and work in many different settings. Respiratory therapists also play a vital role in a hospital's lifesaving response team that handles patient emergencies.

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ICC Respiratory Therapist students begin their clinical experiences in the second week of the program with opportunities at numerous clinical sites, with clinical instruction at all of them. The program also has outstanding lab and classroom space with the latest equipment that is used in hospital settings.

A Quality Education

Graduates are eligible to take both certification and registry exams prepared by the National Board for Respiratory Care to become both Certified (CRT) and a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Get Involved

Respiratory Therapist students are involved in many community health outreach programs and are active in ICC recruitment activities.

Career Opportunities

Registered Respiratory Therapist, Certified Respiratory Therapist


24 Months

if Full Time

5 Semesters
66 Total Credit Hours

What if I attend part-time?

Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.



+ supplies & fees

Based on 2024-25

What financial assistance can I receive?

Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.


21 Students

average per class

Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.

View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.

Meet Our Students and Alumni

Shelby Wagemann
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Sara Owens
A Career Path Change Leads to Changing Lives

This program has changed my life, It has afforded me the opportunity to make a lasting and meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Mary Beth Cregger, Program Alum and Associate Professor – Health Careers
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How Do I Get Into the Respiratory Therapist Program?

Be part of a program and career path that will prepare you to graduate, ready to care for critically ill patients. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy.
  2. Submit health science application.
  3. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  4. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
  5. High school coursework in English, math, and science.
  6. Critical thinking skills, fine motor skills, the ability to relate to others, and good communication and team working skills are also helpful.

What Can I Expect As a Respiratory Therapist Student?


The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

264 Precision Blvd, Telford, TN 37690.

Additional Information

Additional Opportunities

Innovative Bridge to Health Careers

The Innovative Bridge to Health Careers Program is an 8-week program that will engage participants in training designed to introduce and academically prepare them for entry into the various ICC Health Career opportunities.

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