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Respiratory Care RET.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 65 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Respiratory Care
Effective as of Fall 2024

Is Respiratory Therapy for you? It just might be if you love a fast paced work environment that allows you to work as part of a team of physicians, nurses and other health care professionals to manage patient care. Not only will you learn how to assess and treat patients with breathing disorders but you will also learn how to operate mechanical ventilators and provide emergency care of critical patients. As a student you will enjoy working with adults, pediatrics and neonates in local hospitals and intensive care units. Our program has been nationally recognized as having outstanding credentialing rates giving you an excellent opportunity to graduate, become a Registered Respiratory Therapist, and obtain a steady career with excellent wages. So you answer the question. Is Respiratory Therapy for you?

What is the program about?

Respiratory care practitioners are responsible for the prevention, treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients of all ages with deficiencies or abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system. The Respiratory Care program is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters (excluding prerequisites), on a full-time basis. The degree program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required and an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 is necessary for continuance in the program and graduation. Note: For students under age 18 there may be restrictions on participating in certain Health Sciences programs. Any student under age 18 must contact the program director/department chair to discuss whether he or she may enroll.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate personal behaviors and attitudes consistent and appropriate to the advanced respiratory care professional.
  • Acknowledge the influence of diversity on patients, families and the health care team and be able to listen and effectively communicate both verbally and nonverbally.
  • Perform all prescribed therapeutic modalities and diagnostic procedures relevant to the job description of advanced respiratory care practitioners.
  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply and evaluate information relevant to the job description of an advanced respiratory care practitioner.

Career Opportunities

Respiratory Care is a growing profession with opportunities for graduates to work with newborn, children, adult and geriatric patients in hospitals/acute care setting, long-term facilities, home care/durable medical equipment companies and physician offices.


Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.


  • CHE 1111 AND RET 1100 AND BIO 1107 AND HIM 1101 AND MAT 1130
  • or Any OT36 Math


Upon completion of the program, a graduate is considered eligible and qualified to take the certification and registry examinations, and the specialty examinations for pediatrics/neonatology, adult critical care specialist and pulmonary function technology offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Additionally, graduates are eligible for a license to practice in states with licensure and/or registration laws.


Course Title Credits
ALH 1101 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 2
BIO 1107 Human Biology 3
CHE 1111 Introduction to Chemistry I 4
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
HIM 1101 Medical Terminology 2
MAT 1130 (Mathematics in Health Sciences) OR Ohio Transfer 36: Mathematics Elective 3
PSY 1100 General Psychology 3
RET 1100 Introduction to Respiratory Care 1
RET 1101 Respiratory Care Fundamentals I 5
RET 1102 Lab for Respiratory Care Fundamentals I 0
RET 1124 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology I 1
RET 1125 Respiratory Care Sciences 4
RET 1201 Respiratory Care Fundamentals II 5
RET 1202 Lab for Respiratory Care Fundamentals II 0
RET 1203 Respiratory Care Clinic I 2
RET 1205 Cardiopulmonary Disease Processes 4
RET 1301 Respiratory Care Fundamentals III 2
RET 1303 Respiratory Care Clinic II 1
RET 2101 Critical Care I 5
RET 2102 Lab for Critical Care I 0
RET 2103 Respiratory Care Clinic III 2
RET 2124 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology II 1
RET 2201 Critical Care II 5
RET 2202 Lab for Critical Care II 0
RET 2203 Respiratory Care Clinic IV 1
RET 2204 Respiratory Care Clinic V 2
RET 2220 Respiratory Care Emergency Preparedness 2
RET 2222 Lab for Respiratory Care Emergency Preparedness 0
RET 2250 Pediatrics & Neonatology 2
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Program Accreditation Information

The Respiratory Care Program at Sinclair Community College, (Program Number 200121), located on the main Dayton, Ohio campus, awarding an Associate of Applied Science degree, is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC - For further information regarding the Sinclair College respiratory care program outcomes data, please visit the CoARC website at . CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an "outcomes based" process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. Upon completion of the program the graduate is eligible for the national credentialing examinations provided by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Graduates will also be eligible for a license to practice in the State of Ohio via the State Medical Board of Ohio. In addition, graduates meet the requirements for licensure in other states.

This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.