The Respiratory Therapy Program prepares students for careers as Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs). Respiratory therapists provide specialized care for patients experiencing problems with their cardiopulmonary systems. Their duties typically include operating life support systems, assessing lung damage, setting up artificial airways and much more. Respiratory therapists can work with patients of all ages from premature infants to the elderly.
The Bachelor of Science Program teaches students advanced clinical concepts, research practices and leadership skills. This is a limited and selective enrollment program, which admits a new class each Spring semester. This program also requires a separate application in addition to the application for general admission to OTC. To view application details, visit otc.edu/alliedhealth. Graduates can immediately seek state licensure and will be qualified to take the national registry exam. OTC Respiratory Therapy graduates find work in a variety of healthcare settings including clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms and intensive care units.
The Respiratory Therapy Program is currently seeking accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.
Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.
Wondering how you’re going to pay for college? At OTC, we believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to earning a degree. Our staff will work with you to make a financial plan. To browse the resources available to you, see paying for college.