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Respiratory care

Respiratory care – program information

What credentials are required to practice respiratory care?

The completion of Stark State College’s Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care degree meets the educational requirements for national credentialing and licensure in Ohio. Graduates of Stark State College’s Respiratory Care program are eligible to apply for the National Board of Respiratory Care’s Therapist Multiple Choice examination (TMC). Passing the exam at the low- cut score qualifies students for the National Board of Respiratory Care Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential. Students must pass the Therapist Multiple Choice exam at the high cut score to be eligible to sit for the second portion of the credentialing exams, the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE). To qualify for the National Board of Respiratory Care Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential, one must pass both the TMC and CSE examinations. For more information regarding credentials, see

One must be a registered respiratory therapist and be licensed in Ohio to practice respiratory care in Ohio. After students earn their RRT credential they must apply for licensure through the Ohio Medical Board. Stark State College has not determined whether completion of their CoARC accredited Respiratory Care program meets the educational requirements to apply for a Respiratory Care professional license in other states outside of Ohio. See NBRC for a list of contact information for other state licensure agencies.

How is the program designed?

The program, offered on main campus, combines classroom, laboratory and clinical learning experiences provided at area hospitals in Stark and surrounding counties. Students participate in patient simulation scenarios in clinical simulation labs on and off campus and participate in advanced cardiac life support certification courses.

What is the goal of the program?

The goal 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’s respiratory care program accredited? What are the program outcomes?

Graduates of Stark State College’s respiratory care program are awarded an associate of applied science degree. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC),

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CoARC is the organization that 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.

See the CoARC website for more information on accreditation, program outcomes and list of all accredited programs. Stark State College’s respiratory care program is listed as program # 200354. 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
  • retention (attrition)
  • job placement
  • overall graduate satisfaction
  • overall employer satisfaction
  • total number of program enrollees
  • total number of program graduates
  • maximum annual enrollment.

What are the eligibility requirements to apply to the program?

  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • “B” or better in BIO101 or
    “C” or better in BIO121, BIO122 or BIO123
    “C” or better in MTH105
    “C” or better in CHM121, CHM141, or higher level college chemistry course
  • 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. The College and program adheres to all applicable non-discrimination policies related to faculty/staff employment and the admission and education of students.

How do I apply to the program?

  • Apply to Stark State College
  • Meet with an admissions counselor
  • Complete the respiratory care application
  • Complete required background checks
  • Complete the course and GPA application requirements above
  • When you have completed all application requirements, contact the respiratory care program director for an appointment to review your application: 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. These physical requirements must be able to be sustained for up to 12 hours.

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 for extended periods of time, 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.

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