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Respiratory Therapy

Become a Respiratory Therapist

We are in the business of preparing some of the best Respiratory Care Practitioners in the nation.

The field needs motivated people who

  • want to help others as a health care provider
  • are mechanically inclined
  • have solid communication skills
  • think clearly under stress

What is Respiratory Therapy?

Our two-year therapist program can prepare you for employment in the exciting high-tech health care field of respiratory care.

Respiratory therapists manage the ventilation of critically ill patients as well as provide acute and chronic care to patients with pulmonary disease.

Most work is performed in the hospital environment. Program graduates are allowed to take all national board exams. The Foothill College Respiratory Therapy Program has an excellent pass record for national board and state licensure examinations.

 

Respiratory therapists can specialize their work

  • Hospital staff respiratory therapist
  • Respiratory therapy management
  • Respiratory therapy education
  • Pediatric or neonatal respiratory care
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Cardiac stress testing
  • Bronchoscopy assisting
  • Emergency respiratory care
  • Respiratory therapy home care
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation

Degree & Program Types

Check out this list for a quick view of our respiratory therapy programs. For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Science Degree

  • Respiratory Therapy

Career Opportunities

The Foothill Respiratory Therapy Program prepares you for entry-level positions in the field, as a registry-eligible graduate therapist.

  • Jobs include hospital staff respiratory therapist and independent home care respiratory therapist.
  • Average salaries for San Francisco Bay Area Therapists in May of 2011 were approximately $80,000 - $90,000 per year.
  • The average starting salary range was $34 to $36 per hour. Shift differentials and job duties can raise these salaries.
  • Therapists can choose to specialize in newborn, pediatric or adult intensive care depending upon where they are employed.
  • With experience, supervisory and educational opportunities are available.

Learn More!

If you are interested in becoming a respiratory therapist, learn more about our program at Foothill.

 



Application Process

Respiratory Therapy Quick View
Program: Respiratory Therapy
Degree/Cert: AS/No
Length: 2 years
Start/End: Sept/June
FT/PT: FT
Number Accepted: 30
Application Due: April 26, 2018
Prerequisites: Yes — See application.
Approx. Cost of Program: $4,500
National Lic./Cert.: Yes
State Lic.Cert.: Yes
Est. Annual Salary: $70,000-$90,000
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Questions?We're Here to Help!

Jenevieve Alvarez, Health Career Coordinator

650.949.7538

healthcareerprograms@foothill.edu

Building 5200, Room 5224

RESPIRATORY THERAPY DEGREE CONTACTS
Office: Building 5200, Room 5211 
Brenda Hanning, RRT, RCP
Program Director
Phone: 650.949.7466
Email: hanningbrenda@foothill.edu
Nanette Solvason, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7730
solvasonnanette@foothill.edu
Christine Mangiameli
Division Administrative Assistant
Phone: 650.949.7249
mangiamelichristine@foothill.edu
Biological & Health Sciences Division

Download 2016 CTE Licensure, Pass & Placement Rates

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