Respiratory Care

Six semesters



Respiratory therapists are members of a team of health care professionals working in a wide variety of clinical settings to evaluate, treat and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders. As members of this team, respiratory therapists should exemplify the standards and ethics expected of all health care professionals. 

Respiratory therapists must be sensitive to the needs of patients who have serious physical impairments, work well as a member of a team, have superior communication skills, have the ability to pay close attention to detail and follow instructions carefully. 

Cisco College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy. Students completing the program are eligible to seek Registered Respiratory Therapist recognition from the American Association for Respiratory Care. The respiratory care program at Cisco College has its Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. See Disclosure of the outcomes data from CoARC 2011 Annual Report of Current Status/Problematic Outcomes Data may be accessed at

Jeff Lawrence
Respiratory Care/Therapy Professor

Melody Cusson
Respiratory Care/Therapy Clinical Education Professor



Program leading to an Associate’s Degree may include the following courses: 

General Courses:
College Algebra or Elementary Statistics*
Anatomy and Physiology I & II
General Psychology 
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective


Specialized Courses:
Introduction to Respiratory Care
Respiratory Care Fundamentals I &II
Respiratory Care Pharmacology
Mechanical Ventilation
Advanced Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
Cardiopulmonary Disease
Neonatal/Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Care

After successful completion of the required curriculum, students earn an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to seek Registered Respiratory Therapist recognition from the National Board For Respiratory Care.

Application Procedure
To be considered for admission to the Respiratory Care program, interested persons should:

  1. Complete application to the college
  2. Contact Kelly Meyer or Melody Cusson for additional information.

Be advised that many clinical sites utilized throughout the various Allied Health programs at Cisco College require a background check and/or drug screen before students can participate in the clinical portion of the program. 

College Admission Requirements
Applicants for admission to this program must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the College. The procedure for seeking admission to the College follows:

  1. Complete the Cisco College application
  2. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Turn in Official Transcripts
  4. Take Accuplacer (Associate Degree)

 Prospective students should also remember that acceptance by Cisco College does not guarantee admission into specific occupational programs. Additional factors considered for admission may be a satisfactory record in high school or college, placement tests and other criteria.