Pleasant Hill, California Respiratory Care Program

Breathe it in Pleasant Hill! Respiratory Therapist jobs to grow 28% by 2018*!

If you’re looking to breathe new life into your career, perhaps you should consider studying a Respiratory Care degree right here in Pleasant Hill, CA. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecast that the number of available jobs for Respiratory Therapists will grow 28% from 2010 to 2020; much faster than the average for all occupations*.

Respiratory Care practitioners may work in places like hospitals, doctors’ offices, hyperbaric oxygen units, nursing homes, labs, or in medical transport. They use their considerable expertise to help patients who have difficulty breathing on their own. The Respiratory Care degree program, available at our Pleasant Hill campus, can provide students with the skills they need to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) credentialing exam.**

  • The Pleasant Hill program culminates in an Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Care
  • It is a 96 week advanced Respiratory Care program, and is a mix of formal classroom lectures, lab work, and hands-on clinical instruction
  • Our program is designed to help you meet the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care standards
  • Graduates are prepared to take the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) NBRC credentialing exam

Build advanced Respiratory Care skills in Pleasant Hill, CA

The 3 year (96 week) academic program at Pleasant Hill prepares our graduates for an advanced level of respiratory care. Respiratory specialists apply their scientific expertise to practical clinical problems concerning the lungs and respiratory system. It is both a complicated and challenging profession that demands an advanced level of skill.

The degree program covers the anatomy and physiology of cardiac and respiratory systems, the biochemical and cellular functions of the human body, as well as the general principles of pharmacology and cardiopulmonary drugs. Students are taught patient examination, assessment, intervention and treatment planning skills, as well as the principles of emergency medicine, resuscitation equipment, tracheotomy care, and more.  Affiliates close to our Pleasant Hill campus offer clinical practice in neonatal units, critical care, pulmonary function, and sleep medicine centers.

Graduates of the Pleasant Hill Respiratory Care program should have the skills and the confidence to:

  • Take the RRT exam and apply for licensure**
  • Perform patient exams and assessments
  • Recommend therapeutic treatments for differing cardiopulmonary diseases
  • Display your critical thinking and information management skills

Classes enrolling soon for our Pleasant Hill Respiratory Care degree

Respiratory Care classes will be enrolling soon at our Pleasant Hill campus, so take a breath and then dive in to a call that could change your life for the better; speak to a Carrington College California Enrollment Services Representative today about breathing new life into your career.

Click here for outcomes data from the respiratory care program over a three-year time period, as reported in the 2013 CoARC Annual Report of Current Status.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-13 Ed.)

** Carrington College® California prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.