Respiratory Care

Nursing & Allied Health Degrees

Respiratory Care Technology

Respiratory Therapists, also known as respiratory care practitioners, evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders. They treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people whose lungs are diseased. They may also provide temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma or emphysema and emergency care for patients who have suffered heart failure or a stroke or who are victims of drowning or shock. The respiratory care field offers challenge and mobility. Job opportunities for respiratory therapists are expected to grow faster than average through 2020.

The Respiratory Care program is a seven semester program in which WSCC cooperates with Ferris State University, allowing students to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree from Ferris. The respiratory care courses in the first year of the program can be taken online from Ferris concurrently with WSCC courses. To be accepted into the program, the WSCC courses listed below must be completed. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 is required, with a minimum grade of 2.7 (B-) in each math and science course within two attempts.

Lecture courses through Ferris are offered online.  Ferris laboratory courses meet at Ferris or at an off campus location. In laboratory courses, students practice with various pieces of equipment as they develop their patient care skills in preparation for clinical internships.  Register and pay for Ferris courses through Ferris.  Be sure to talk to a WSCC advisor about your plans.

Specific information about the Respiratory Technology program can be found here.