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.
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).
Respiratory Therapist students are involved in many community health outreach programs and are active in ICC recruitment activities.
Registered Respiratory Therapist, Certified Respiratory Therapist
if Full Time
62 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
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Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
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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.
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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.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy.
- Submit health science application.
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- High school coursework in English, math, and science.
- 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?
- Graduates who successfully earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential enjoy a 100% job placement rate.
- Students gain clinical experience at UnityPoint Health, OSF Healthcare, and Carle Health Facilities. In addition, there are apprenticeship opportunities at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
- Transfer opportunities are available with the University of Missouri – Columbia, and Rush University.
- Program graduates are working at UnityPoint Health hospitals and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
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- Student Handbook
- Mission Statement
- Programmatic Outcomes Data
- State Respiratory Care Boards Licensure Disclosure – Illinois Central College is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Respiratory Therapist Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC), and is reporting this information in compliance with the federal guidelines on the Respiratory Therapy Practice Act.
- List of State Licensure Agencies – If you intend to seek licensure outside of Illinois after finishing your program, use the list to find information on the state or U.S. territory in which you intend to be licensed in order to identify whether ICC’s Respiratory Therapist program meets, does not meet, or if it has not been determined if it meets the educational requirements for licensure.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.