Respiratory Care

Respiratory care gains accreditation for hybrid model

Congratulations to the respiratory care program faculty on their recent accreditation from CoARC for a hybrid program! With this accreditation, students will only need to be on campus one day per week for hands-on laboratory experiences or attend clinicals two days per week. Online learning with some synchronous lectures will comprise the majority of courses. This will allow flexible scheduling for students who want to work full-time while completing the program.

COVID-19 Update: The COVID-19 pandemic has created a time of uncertainty and a rapidly changing world. These are unprecedented times for everyone. We want to assure you that Jackson College and the Allied Department are committed to your success and program completion/progression while following CDC and governmental guidelines to maintain everyone’s health and safety.

Recognize this situation is not just affecting Jackson College Allied Health Students but allied programs across the country. We ask that you consider that rumors and untruths are coming from a place of fear and uncertainty. If you have questions do not hesitate to reach out to your Allied Faculty, but realize that we may not have the definite and concrete answers you are looking for. As the situation develops and new information is learned we will communicate with all students in a timely fashion.

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Respiratory Care at Jackson College


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Jackson College offers an associate degree in respiratory care, which prepares students to sit for board exams in the field. An associate degree and licensure are required for entry into the profession. Respiratory care is a second-admit program, meaning students must take certain general studies and prerequisite classes and then apply for admission to the program. All respiratory therapists will participate in clinical experiences at various hospitals as part of their program. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to write the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams. Satisfactory completion of the NBRC board certifying exams allow the respiratory care practitioner to use the initials of RRT, Registered Respiratory Therapist.


  • Median annual wages of wage-and-salary respiratory therapists were $61,330 in 2019.
  • The lowest 10 percent earned less than $44,850 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $86,980.

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates employment growth of about 19 percent between 2012 and 2022, faster than the average for all occupations, and 22,700 positions will need to be filled. Job prospects will be best for those willing to travel to look for opportunities.