Respiratory care | Stark State College - North Canton, Ohio

Respiratory care

Note: Deadline to apply for fall 2021 semester is June 4, 2021.

What is respiratory care?
Respiratory care is a health care specialty involved in the assessment, treatment, management and diagnostic evaluation of patients with cardiopulmonary disease.

Who are respiratory therapists?
Respiratory therapists work under the direction of a physician as part of a multidisciplinary team of health professionals who provide care for patients with conditions such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, chest trauma, as well as other lung and heart diseases. Respiratory therapists are trained in adult, pediatric and neonatal care.

For more information about the field of respiratory care, see

Job duties include

  • administration of medical gases, including oxygen
  • aerosol therapy
  • hyperinflation therapy
  • bronchial hygiene techniques
  • arterial blood gas punctures
  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • ventilator management
  • EKG monitoring
  • diagnostic testing
  • sleep studies
  • rehabilitation

Areas of patient care include

  • general medical
  • surgical
  • intensive care
  • emergency/trauma
  • pediatric and neonatal
  • home care
  • sleep
  • diagnostic
  • rehabilitation
  • long-term acute care

Accreditation information

Stark State College’s respiratory care program, CoARC program #200354, awards an associate of applied science degree and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

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Program learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their role as entry–level respiratory therapists.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill their role as entry-level respiratory therapists.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with employer expectations as entry-level respiratory therapists.

Transfer agreements

  • Kent State University
  • The University of Akron
  • Youngstown State University
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