Respiratory Care – Program Information

What credentials are required to practice respiratory care?

Graduates are eligible to apply for the national examinations required to become a registered respiratory therapist through the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care). In order to practice, a therapist must be registered by the NBRC and licensed by the state of Ohio. For more information regarding credentials see

How is the program designed?

The program combines classroom, laboratory and clinical learning experiences.
Clinical practicum experiences are provided at area hospitals in Stark and surrounding counties.
Clinical simulation lab experiences are provided to assist with critical thinking skills. Students will participate in patient simulation scenarios in clinical simulation labs on and off campus.
Students participate in advanced cardiac life support certification courses.

What is the goal of the program?

The goal of the Respiratory Care program is “to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).”

Is Stark State College’s respiratory care program accredited? What are the program outcomes?

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),

See the CoARC website for more information, program outcomes and for all accredited programs.

Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. Programmatic outcomes data reported on the CoARC website include:

  • 3-year time period being reported
  • CRT credentialing success
  • RRT credentialing success
  • achievement of the high cut sore on the TMC Exam (beginning 2018)
  • retention (attrition)
  • job placement
  • overall graduate satisfaction
  • overall employer satisfaction
  • on-time graduation rate
  • total number of program enrollees
  • total number of program graduates
  • maximum annual enrollment.

What are the eligibility requirements to apply for the program?

  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • B or higher in Intro to Anatomy and Physiology, Intro Chemistry, and MTH091 and MTH092
  • Background check
  • See the respiratory care application for more details

Note: Students must be at least 18 years old and a high school graduate or equivalency to start taking technical courses.

Is Stark State College an equal opportunity institution?

  • Stark State College is committed to equal opportunity for all and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, military status, pregnancy, disability, age, genetic information, or sexual orientation.

How do I apply to the program?

  • Apply to  Stark State College.
  • Meet with an admissions counselor.
  • Obtain the respiratory care application from the admissions office or online.
  • After the first semester contact your science advisor for an appointment to assist with the application process.
  • Complete required background checks.
  • Complete the above course and GPA application requirements.
  • When you have completed all application requirements contact the Respiratory Care Program Director for an appointment to review your application at (330) 966-5458, ext. 4390 or
  • You must bring the completed application and background eligibility notification to the appointment.
  • You will be notified of your acceptance at the time of the appointment or via mail/email.

What are some important things I should know?

  • Students must maintain a “C” or better in all courses in the curriculum (technical and non-technical).
  • Students may not be able to be placed at clinical sites, obtain licensure to practice or find employment if they have a positive background check. See health and public services criminal background check information for a list of potential disqualifying offenses.
  • You may have difficulty finding a job if you smoke.

Are there essential functions required to participate in the program?

Respiratory care practitioners must have the necessary clinical skills to carry out the duties and responsibilities allowing them to practice in a safe and effective manner. Respiratory care practitioners make use of the following: hearing, mobility, physical endurance and strength, motor skills, tactile senses, and visual acuity.

Ability sufficient to hear and understand patients and staff, assess and monitor patient sounds,  hear normal speech, hear without seeing lips, hear faint body sounds, hear alarms.

Mobility – Physical endurance and strength:
Mobility sufficient to support and move patients, stoop/squat, move quickly, climb/bend, lift 25 pounds of weight, push light equipment, push heavy equipment, walk, stand during procedures, sustain repetitive motion.

Motor Skills:
Perform multiple tasks at the same time. Fine and gross motor skills sufficient to handle equipment and provide safe and effective patient care; steady arm and hand movements while manipulating objects or assisting patients.  Sit and maintain balance; stand and maintain balance; reach above shoulders; reach below waist; pick up small objects with hands; type using a computer.

The ability to sense and or touch in a manner sufficient to assess the patient’s response to therapy.  Feel vibrations; detect temperature (determine changes, warm, cold).

A sufficient ability to monitor and assess patients and equipment function; to have visual acuity in order to provide safe and effective respiratory care.  See objects 20 inches away; see objects 20 feet away; distinguish color.Should a student feel that he/she may not be able to meet the technical standards or physical requirements, it is the responsibility of the student to notify the Program Director/Department Chair and the Disability Support Services Office.