Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to complete all of my prerequisites before I apply to the program?
No, you must complete all prerequisites before you begin the Respiratory Therapy program but you may apply if you think you will be able to complete all prerequisites before you actually begin the program.
What are the class schedules like?
Schedules may change, but we have had our students in class on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm during the first, second and third semesters. The first semester has more class time and no time in the hospitals, so the schedule include a half-day on Thursday. The fourth semester has classes on Wednesday only, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
What is the clinical schedule like?
Students are required to complete at least 225 hours of actual time in the hospitals during the second and third semesters, and 300 hours during the final semester. Students work 12-hour shifts in the hospital, and they are able to request specific days and shifts. The first two semesters students work 19-20 shifts during 15 weeks; the final semester students must work about 27-30 shifts (some are 12-hour shifts, others are only 8-hours).
What will it cost me to complete this program?
The following information is provided to students entering or considering the Respiratory Therapy Program. It is provided as an estimate; it is as accurate as possible at this time.
Your lab fees will cover the cost of lab supplies, study materials and comprehensive self-assessment examinations to prepare you for your national boards upon graduation. You will be invoiced by the College for tuition and fees each semester, no funds are sent directly to the Program.
You will need to acquire scrubs to wear during your clinical practice courses. They will be red tops and charcoal grey bottoms.
Clinical practice requires specific immunizations/immunities and a criminal background check. The required elements are listed on the Program Application, Page 6.